Migrate to Australia as an
Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic

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Migrate to Australia as a Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic
(ANZSCO: 342111)

Australia has a critical shortage of Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics. If you are a qualified Cabinetmaker aged under 45 then you are eligible to migrate to Australia provided you can score 65 points and have a positive Skills Assessment.

How to Migrate to Australia as a Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic

  • Be aged under 45
  • Score 65 Australian Immigration Points
  • Have a Positive Skills Assessment from Vetassess
  • Lodge an Expression of Interest
  • Receive an Invitation to Apply
  • Pay the Visa Fees
  • Pass Health and Character Checks

Criteria for Aircon Mechanics  to Migrate to Australia

You need to meet the following criteria:


Score 65 Points

Aircon & Refrigeration Mechanics migrating to Australia need to score at least 65 Immigration points. Points are awarded for age, experience, qualifications, education, English language skills and time spent in Australia. Take this Free Visa Points Calculator for your score.


Skills Assessment

Aircon Mechanics are required to complete a Skills Assessment through Trades Recognition Australia (TRA).


English Language

Good English skills are vital for work, so you may need to take a test like IELTS. UK and USA Passport holders are exempt.


Health and Character

You’ll need to pass health and character checks.


Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic Skills Assessment

The Air-Con & Refrigeration Mechanic Skills Assessment is designed to prove to Australian Immigration that a) you are who you say you are and b) that you have the right skills, experience and qualifications to be allowed to migrate to Australia as an Air-Con Mechanic.


A qualified Air-Con mechanic migrating to Australia is expected to have the following skills and be able to:


  • Establishing job requirements from drawings and specifications, and laying out installation reference points.
  • Drilling holes, installing mounting brackets and cutting, bending and threading piping.
  • Installing and repairing components such as compressors, motors, condensers, evaporators, switches and gauges, and copper lines for steam, gas, refrigerant, compressed air, oil and chilled water.
  • Bolting, soldering, riveting, welding and brazing pipes to connect equipment, and checking alignment and accuracy of fit.
  • Filling systems with gas or fluid to check for leaks.
  • Test-operating refrigeration systems, checking mechanisms and making adjustments.
  • Removing test gas and fluid using vacuum pumps, and filling with refrigerant.
  • Checking and overhauling refrigeration systems, diagnosing faults and repairing and replacing defective components.
  • Adjusting system controls and mechanisms and reassembling systems.
  • Recording causes of malfunctioning and action taken


Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics in Australia are required to be licensed by the respective State licensing board before applying for an Australian Visa or undertaking any work.


Firstly, an Offshore Technical Skills Record (OTSR) must be obtained through VETASSESS. This happens in two steps:


Stage 1 Skills Assessment


Migration Consultant will work with you to prepare the necessary documentation for lodgement with VETASSESS, who will review your training and employment evidence to ensure that you have either:


  • 6 years employment experience as an Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic with no formal training OR
  • 4 years employment experience as an Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic with relevant formal training


You need to provide your qualification certificates as proof of formal training, and your employment evidence must include at least 12 months in the last 3 years.


Evidence may include documents such as wage slips, bank statements and employment references.


Migration Consultant will advise you about what exactly is required and prepare these is readiness for assessment.


The VETASSESS Fee for a AirCon Mechanic Skills Assessment is AUD$1,280 (payable to VETASSESS)


Stage 2 Skills Assessment


Stage 2 is a Technical Interview and Practical Assessment which takes 8 hours to complete.


During the Technical Interview you will be asked questions about your skills as a qualified Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic which will determine the extent of your knowledge.


The Practical Assessment involves you completing a series of work based tasks that demonstrates your skills as an Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic . The practical tasks are completed in the presence of a licensed Assessor.


The technical interview and practical tasks are based on the units listed in the Fact Sheet.


Migration Consultant will provide you with a detailed guide to the skills and duties that you will undertake during the practical.


The Vetassess fee for Stage 2 is AUD$4,200 (payable to Vetassess)

Following a successful assessment, VETASSESS will issue you with


  • Skills Assessment Outcome letter
  • Offshore Technical Skills Record (OTSR)


Requirements to get licensed as an Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic in Australia


On arrival in Australia, you must apply through the State regulation body for a Provisional license. Once this license has been granted, you may work under the supervision of a fully licensed tradesperson. During this time you will be required to undertake additional training in order to gain the required Australian qualification that enables you to work independently.


Gap Training’ can only be undertaken once in Australia.


Australian Visa options for Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics

The role of Air-Con and Refrigeration Mechanic is on the Medium Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).


The following Australia Immigration Visas are available for Air con Mechanics to migrate to Australia


Skilled Independent Visa (subclass 189)

For Air-Con Mechanics without the need for employer or state sponsorship, allowing you to live and work anywhere in Australia.


Skilled Nominated Visa (subclass 190)

If an Australian state or territory nominates you, you can get permanent residency.


Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (subclass 482)

Employers can sponsor you temporarily, often for up to four years. It can lead to permanent residency.


How to apply for an Australian Visa as an Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic

After receiving a positive Skills Assessment you are eligible to lodge an Expression of Interest with Australian Immigration.


Expression of Interest (EOI)

  • Create account with Skillselect
  • Visit the SkillSelect website (https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/working-in-australia/skillselect) and create an account.
  • Log in to your SkillSelect account and provide your personal information, including your name and passport information.
  • Select ‘Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic’ from the skilled occupation list relevant to your visa subclass and provide detailed information about your skills, experience and qualifications. At this stage of the online form you will be asked to provide the details of your positive Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic Skills Assessment for Australia.
  • Submit Your Expression of Interest
  • Once submitted, you can no longer make changes to the EOI, so double-check everything.


Await an Invitation

If your EOI as an Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic is successful and you meet the criteria, you may receive an invitation to apply for the visa.


Invitations are issued based on points score and the needs of the Australian government or state/territory governments.


Apply for the Visa

When you receive an invitation, you have 60 days to apply for the visa. Ensure all you Air-Con mechanic documents and supporting evidence are complete and accurate.

Health and Character Checks

Undergo health examinations, including a medical examination and chest X-ray.


You also need to provide police clearance certificates from countries where you’ve lived for 12 months or more in the last ten years.


Await Visa Processing

After submitting your visa application, you’ll need to wait for the Department of Home Affairs to process your application.


Visa Grant

If your application is successful, you will receive a visa grant notice.


Relocation and Settlement

Once you receive your visa, you can make arrangements to relocate to Australia.


Begin your new Air-Con and Refrigeration Mechanic Career in Australia

After arriving in Australia you can start working as an Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic in your chosen field. Remember to follow the Immigration rules and comply with all visa conditions.


Job Opportunities for Migrant Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics in Australia

If you’re an air-conditioning and refrigeration mechanic considering a move to Australia, you’re in luck!


The Land Down Under has consistently strong demand for skilled workers in ANZSCO 342111, making the country a great skilled migrant destination for career growth and a fresh start.


Why Australia for Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics?

Australia’s climate and the need for year round temperature control creates a high demand for air conditioning and refrigeration systems.

This demand translates into a constant need for skilled professionals who can install, maintain and repair these systems efficiently.


The demand for air-conditioning and refrigeration mechanics in Australia is steadily growing. You can find employment opportunities in various sectors, including:



With the booming construction industry there’s a constant need for professionals to install HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems in residential and commercial buildings.


Maintenance and Repair

As existing systems require regular maintenance and occasional repairs skilled mechanics are in demand to keep these systems running efficiently.



Manufacturers of air-conditioning and refrigeration equipment hire mechanics for product assembly and testing.


Specialized Services

Some mechanics specialize in specific areas like automotive air conditioning.


The Path to Success

  • Get your qualifications and skills assessed.
  • Ensure your skills align with the needs of the Australian job market.
  • Build a strong resume and cover letter tailored to Australian employers.
  • Stay updated with industry trends and technologies.


Australia offers a welcoming environment for migraant AirCon Mechanics, and its strong economy means there is a stable job market for those with the right skills.

What are the eligibility requirements for immigrating to Australia as a Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic?

Eligibility requirements include being aged under 45, scoring 65 points on the Australian Immigration Points Score, having the required skills, qualifications, and meeting health and character checks.

Which skilled migration visas are suitable for Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic in Australia?

The Skilled Independent Visa (subclass 189) is a popular choice for Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic who want to immigrate to Australia independently without the need for sponsorship by an Australian employer.


The Skilled Nominated Visa (subclass 190) is another attractive option for Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics seeking to immigrate to Australia. Unlike the subclass 189 visa the subclass 190 requires Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics to be nominated by an Australian state or territory government.

How do I get my Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic skills assessed for Australian immigration purposes

The Australian assessing authority for Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics is Vetassess. They are responsible for evaluating your qualifications, experience and skills to ensure they meet Australian standards. For Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics, the assessment includes a review of your practical experience and any relevant certifications you hold.

Can I apply for permanent residency as a Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic in Australia?

Yes, the 189 and 190 visa subclass grants Permanent Residency to holders right from the start. The PR rights and privileges awarded to you also apply to your spouse / partner and any dependents.

What are the processing times for skilled migration visas for Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics?

Expect the whole process to take between 7 and 16 months from absolute start of the visa process to the absolute end.

Can I include my family members in my immigration application as a Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic?

Yes! Your immediate family members are included.

What are the best places to look for work as a Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic in Australia?

The best places to search for Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic jobs in Australia include major cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. These cities have a great construction and lots of opportunities.


Suburban and rural areas are also excellent options for Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics migrating to Australia because they have a lower cost of living and a better work life balance.


Smaller communities may have a demand for skilled Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics in residential construction and artisan woodworking.

Are there any specific websites or job boards focused on cabinetmaking jobs in Australia?

Yes, you can use job search websites like Seek (www.seek.com.au) and Indeed (www.indeed.com.au).

These platforms  list Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic positions across Australia.


Additionally, as a Migration Consultant LLC client you have access to our dedicated Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic recruitment service for new migrants to Australia.

What are the industry standards and regulations for HVAC systems in Australia?

Licensing and Registration


HVAC technicians and contractors must hold the appropriate licenses and registrations in the state or territory where they work.


Each region may have its own regulatory authority responsible for issuing licenses and setting eligibility criteria.


Refrigerant Handling


Handling and managing refrigerants is tightly regulated in Australia to minimize environmental impact and protect public safety.


Technicians must hold the relevant refrigerant handling licenses, and proper procedures for refrigerant recovery and disposal.


Electrical Safety


Work involving electrical systems in HVAC installations falls under the jurisdiction of electrical safety regulations. Technicians.


Gas Safety


HVAC systems that use gas, such as gas heaters, must comply with gas safety regulations.


Industry associations, such as the Air Conditioning and Mechanical Contractors' Association (AMCA) and the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association (RACCA) provide guidelines and best practices for HVAC professionals.

Are there any professional organizations or associations for air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics in Australia that I should consider joining?

AIRAH (Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating)

AIRAH is one of the most well-known associations in the HVAC&R (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration) industry in Australia.


It provides members with access to technical publications, training, seminars, and conferences. AIRAH promotes industry excellence and best practices.


AMCA (Air Conditioning and Mechanical Contractors' Association)


AMCA represents contractors and professionals involved in HVAC, mechanical and building services.


RACCA (Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association)


RACCA is a national organization that supports refrigeration and air conditioning contractors.


ARC (Australian Refrigeration Council)

ARC is responsible for the regulation and certification of refrigeration and air conditioning technicians in Australia. Technicians must obtain ARC licensing to handle refrigerants legally.


NECA (National Electrical and Communications Association)


NECA represents electrical and communications contractors and includes members involved in HVAC systems that have electrical components.


EECON (Energy Efficiency Council)

EECON focuses on promoting energy efficiency in various sectors, including HVAC.

Air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics salaries in Australia

New South Wales (NSW)


Entry-Level: $50,000 - $60,000 AUD per year

Mid-Career: $60,000 - $80,000 AUD per year

Experienced: $80,000 - $100,000+ AUD per year


Victoria (VIC)

Entry-Level $50,000 - $60,000 AUD per year

Mid-Career: $60,000 - $80,000 AUD per year

Experienced: $80,000 - $100,000+ AUD per year


Queensland (QLD)

Entry-Level: $50,000 - $60,000 AUD per year

Mid-Career: $60,000 - $80,000 AUD per year

Experienced: $80,000 - $100,000+ AUD per year


Western Australia (WA)

Entry-Level: $50,000 - $60,000 AUD per year

Mid-Career: $60,000 - $80,000 AUD per year

Experienced: $80,000 - $100,000+ AUD per year


South Australia (SA)

Entry-Level: $50,000 - $60,000 AUD per year

Mid-Career: $60,000 - $80,000 AUD per year

Experienced: $80,000 - $100,000+ AUD per year


Tasmania (TAS)

Entry-Level: $50,000 - $60,000 AUD per year

Mid-Career: $60,000 - $80,000 AUD per year

Experienced: $80,000 - $100,000+ AUD per year


Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

Entry-Level: $50,000 - $60,000 AUD per year

Mid-Career: $60,000 - $80,000 AUD per year

Experienced: $80,000 - $100,000+ AUD per year


Northern Territory (NT)

Entry-Level: $50,000 - $60,000 AUD per year

Mid-Career: $60,000 - $80,000 AUD per year

Experienced: $80,000 - $100,000+ AUD per year