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.
ARPANSA is inviting stakeholder comment on the draft ‘Standard for Limiting Exposure to Radiofrequency Fields – 100 KHz to 300 GHz’ (RPS S-1).
Details on the consultation including the new draft standard and instructions on how to make a submission are available at https://www.arpansa.gov.au/standard-limiting-exposure-radiofrequency-fields-100-khz-300-ghz-rps-s-1.
Submissions on this draft standard ends on 30 September 2020.
Implementation of new licensing portal
We have implemented the licensing system starting with use licences, approved testers, and approved assessors. We aim to implement the system for management licences in the second half of the year however COVID-19 is likely to impact on this aspiration.
Please note: If you receive hard copy licence correspondence please email us with a current email address. We will use this address to invite you to register for the new licensing portal.
A major change with the roll out of our new licensing system was the implementation of the mutual recognition system for use licences. 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.
Impacts of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
The department is working around the clock with health services, the Commonwealth, and international agencies to respond to the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and to keep the Victorian community safe. The latest information is available at the DHHS website. For those of you who use twitter for information, you may wish to follow our Chief Health Officer, Adj Clin Prof Brett Sutton on Twitter @VictorianCHO
We acknowledge the stress that this crisis is causing to the Australian community. Above all, we would like to acknowledge the efforts of health professionals working in our hospitals.
We have received some questions about how the department will view situations where a mandatory action cannot be completed because of the impacts of COVID-19. The department will take a common sense approach to the situation. We suggest that if you think you or your organisation might become non-compliant due, at least in part, to COVID-19 that you email us as early as possible so we can work with you to find a solution. If you have any specific questions, then please feel free to email us.