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.
Automatic mutual recognition
The Australian Government and state and territory governments have agreed to introduce a uniform scheme of automatic mutual recognition (AMR) enabling an individual who is registered for an occupation in their home state to carry on those activities in other states and territories without further application process or registration fees. Victoria will enter the scheme on 1 July 2021.
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.
The 2019/20 Annual report has been released.
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.