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Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic Career Information

Occupation statistics

23,600 air-conditioning and refrigeration mechanics in Australia1

3,068 air-conditioning and refrigeration mechanics in Victoria (13%)1

Average gross weekly earnings AUD$1,1002

Average weekly hours 41.23

View the Job Outlook website for career and labour market research information on this occupation.

An airconditioning mechanic repairing equipment 

Licensing and registration

Licenses are required to handle refrigerant, to complete electrical work, and to undertake refrigeration and air conditioning work. For further information please contact:

Australian Refrigeration Council Limited

Locked Bag 3033
Box Hill
VIC, 3128, AUS 
Telephone:  03 9843 1600 - 1300 88 44 83
Fax: 1300 55 40 23
Email:  enquire@arctick.org 
Website: www.arctick.org

Energy Safe Victoria

PO Box 262
Collins Street West
VIC, 8007, AUS
Telephone: (03) 9203 9700
Fax: (03) 9686 2197
Email: info@esv.vic.gov.au
Website: www.esv.vic.gov.au

Tip

Think about applying for licensing and registration before you arrive in Australia, as the process can take some time.


Industry contacts

Professional bodies and industry associations are a good source of information about air-conditioning and refrigeration mechanics in Victoria.


Finding a job

Air-conditioning and refrigeration mechanics are employed across several industries including: Other Services; Construction; Retail Trade; and Manufacturing.3

Tip

We suggest that you only apply for jobs when your visa to live and work in Australia has been issued. The visa application process can take time, and employers are less likely to employ you if you don’t know when you will arrive in Australia and don’t have a work visa.


To search for Victorian recruiters who specialise in air-conditioning and refrigeration mechanics, visit the Recruitment and Consulting Services Association's Member Index.

For more general information on Victoria’s job market, including where and how to find jobs, and workplace culture, visit our Working and Employment section.


Migrating to Victoria

If you are not an Australian citizen you will need a visa to enter Australia. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) is responsible for all Australian visas.

Some visas require state nomination.  Victoria offers state nomination for eligible skilled migrants and business migrants



Australian skills assessment 

For information on obtaining an Australian skills or qualification assessment, and the licensing or registration requirements for practicing your occupation in Australia, see the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.


1 Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Job Outlook – Occupation pages – Employment levels. Retrieved March 6 2012 from joboutlook.gov.au

2 Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Job Outlook - Occupation pages. Retrieved March 6 2012 from joboutlook.gov.au. Please note that wages will vary according to your level of skill and qualification. For more information about your wage earning potential, visit the job seeker sites listed above under Finding a Job.

3 Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Job Outlook - Occupation pages - Prospects for Employment. Retrieved March 6 2012 from joboutlook.gov.au