The Aust Government has imposed what is termed "The Equivalent Carbon Price on Synthetic Greenhouse Gases" - Click here to see the Govt Factsheet. For us this will mean that the retail cost of refrigerant is likely to increase 3-4 times the current price.
The gas alone in your ducted air conditioning system will rise from around $300* to in excess of $1000.00.
Service charges will increase significantly as improved processes with leak testing and evacuation tests will become mandatory on every single job, the cost of missing something is not an option.
The ECP is added at the import stage, these costs will be passed to the wholesalers / distributors then to us in the trade - we sell the gas to you and add GST ! Yep tax on top of tax.
As can be seen in the Govt Factsheet that's just in 2012-13 - the rate increases are already set through to 2015.
As the heading says THIS IS REALLY GOING TO HURT !
* Based on a domestic ducted system around 17kw cooling capacity with a gas charge of 6.5kg