Diagnostic, therapeutic, industrial and other uses of radiation have contributed to the safety and quality of life for all Victorians. However, the use of radiation does involve hazards if it is used inappropriately or unnecessarily.

The department regulates the use of radiation to protect people and the environment from its harmful effects by licensing users of radiation sources and managers of radiation practices under the Radiation Act 2005. A radiation practice can include the possession, transport, disposal or sale of radiation sources.

The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) develops codes, standards, guides and provides advice to support radiation protection and nuclear safety throughout Australia.

Radiation news

Department of Health

As a result of machinery of government change on the 1st February 2021, the Department of Health is now responsible for the Radiation Act 2005.

Annual report

The 2019/20 Annual report has been released.  

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Implementation of our licensing portal

In late 2019, we implemented the licensing system starting with use licences, approved testers, and approved assessors. We are now aiming to implement the system for management licences in the second half of 2021. You will need to register if you are a management licence holder or a person authorised to act on behalf of a management licence holder. 

Mutual recognition

Mutual recognition arrangements only apply to people who hold a radiation user/operator licence in another Australian state or territory or in New Zealand.  Information on how to apply for mutual recognition see the licensing portal page. For more information, visit the mutual recognition arrangements page.

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