The AMCA hosted an Indonesian delegation at AMCA House last week, where discussions focused on the Australian occupational and refrigerant handling licensing regimes.
Hosted and facilitated by the Commonwealth Department of Energy and Environment, the delegation included officials from Indonesia's Ministry of Manpower and the United Nations Development Program, as well as industry representatives and training providers.
Issuing a warm welcome to the group, AMCA Executive Director, Sumit Oberoi, paid tribute to the Australian Government for their efforts to engage closely with industry.
"The Australian Government's phase-down of ozone depleting substances has been largely successful due to the involvement of industry throughout the policy design and implementation processes", Mr Oberoi said. "We encourage the Indonesian Government to foster strong working relationships with their sector as they seek to implement their own certification scheme for RAC technicians".
In addition to discussions about Australian training and licensing schemes, AMCA representatives were asked about the role of an industry association in the Australian marketplace.
AMCA training consultant, Laura Steedman, advised that the AMCA focuses its training program in areas of need.
"The qualifications we deliver as an RTO are not available from other training providers. Our Project Management qualifications are specifically tailored for companies operating in the commercial mechanical services and refrigerated air conditioning industry, while our drafting qualification is purpose built. We also offer a range of post-trade training in refrigerated air conditioning, which is not available anywhere else".
Policy Manager, Ben Hawkins, spoke about the important role the AMCA plays in facilitating dialogue between industry and government.
"Our members are busy delivering projects and maintaining buildings, so it's our role to ensure that policymakers understand their needs and challenges".
"In the context of certification and licensing, the AMCA works with all stakeholders- including government, regulators and training providers- to ensure that training meets the current and future needs of industry, and aligns as closely as possible with the licensing regime".
In concluding the meeting, Mr Oberoi thanked the delegation for the opportunity to share the experience of the Australian industry and wished Indonesia well in the implementation of their scheme.
"We are grateful for the chance to discuss shared issues today and would welcome further opportunities for cooperation".