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As we open the door, stand and absently stare into the cool depths of the common household appliance, most of us probably wouldn’t know that the refrigerator was practically invented by an Australian. James Harrison from Geelong, Victoria demonstrated and patented a commercial ice-making machine in 1851. His insights and the principles he demonstrated with his early vapour-compression systems still underpins much of the refrigeration technology that the world relies on today, especially the young refrigeration enthusiasts at the 2014 WorldSkills Australia National Refrigeration Competition.

Returning for its sixth year, the 2014 WorldSkills Australia National Refrigeration Competition which is proudly supported by Refrigerant Reclaim Australia, will be held in conjunction with the Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Building Services (ARBS) Trade Exhibition at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from May 20-22.

The National Competition will showcase the skills of Australia’s best young refrigeration mechanics. Each of the competitors will not only be battling it out for the coveted gold medal and the prestigious title of ‘Nation’s Best’ but also the chance to become a 2015 Team Australia Skillaroo. The 2015 Skillaroos will be heading to Brazil to represent Australia and their industry at the 43rd WorldSkills International Competition in São Paolo, Brazil in August 2015.

Medallists from the National Competition are also encouraged to apply for one of the many scholarship pathways associated with WorldSkills Australia. For more information on 2014 WorldSkills Australia National Refrigeration Competition, please visit