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 Radiation Regulations 2017 have been made and commenced on 27 August 2017
The focus of changes in the Radiation Regulations 2017 is to strengthen the security of high consequence sealed sources and high consequence groups of sealed sources and to implement changes to the occupational dose limit to the lens of the eye to reflect recent developments.
Under the Radiation Regulations 2017, three documents (legislative instruments) have been specified by the Secretary of the department. These requirements affect management licence holders who possess or transport a high consequence sealed source or a high consequence group of sealed sources. These documents can be located at the Radiation Act 2005 section.
New requirements - Independent Dosimetric Auditing of Linear Accelerators (Management licence condition M1702)
Relevant management licence holders are now required to ensure that the dose delivery performance of linear accelerators is audited at a specified frequency by an independent audit service provider recognised by the Department of Health and Human Services. The new condition of a management licence (M1702) commenced in July 2017.
Security plans or transport security plans in relation to high consequence sealed sources (HCSS) or high consequence group of sealed sources (HCGSS) must be endorsed by an approved assessor
Victoria has implemented legislative requirements associated with HCSS. The Radiation Act 2005 (the Act) requires security plans or transport security plans to be endorsed by an approved assessor. An approved assessor must assess the security plan or transport security plan against the security standards made under the Act and, if satisfied that the plan meets all applicable requirements, must issue a certificate of compliance to the management licence holder. Information for Management licence holders | Information for Approved Assessors.