Key messages

  • A radiation management licence is required prior to conducting any radiation practice.
  • Supporting documents are required when submitting applications for management licences for specific types of practices.
  • This page provides the information and forms required to apply for or vary a radiation management licence, or to notify of the acquisition, disposal or relocation of a radiation source.

All of the department's forms for applications and most of the mandatory notifications are on-line forms. The form is completed online and automatically emailed to the department upon submission. Please remember to check what mandatory documents must be included with your application.

Read information about processing times and fees. Once your application has been assessed you will be sent an invoice to pay the appropriate prescribed fee. There are many payment options - visit the Payments section for more details.

The ACN field on the forms is mandatory. For legal entities without an ACN (this is a small number of entities such as hospitals and government departments), please select individual on the form rather than company and include a comment in the ‘Additional information box’ that states that the application is for an entity and not a natural person.

New applications

You need a management licence prior to conducting any radiation practice. A radiation practice is any activity that involves but not limited to:

  • Possession or disposal of a radiation source
  • Transport of radioactive material
  • Sale of radiation sources
  • Repairing, testing, or maintaining radiation sources
  • Mining or processing radioactive material.

A management licence must be held by an individual or a company before they conduct the radiation practice (for example, before they take possession of the radiation source). Failure to hold the required management licence is a serious offence against the Radiation Act 2005.

The supporting documents that must be submitted when lodging an application for a new management licence is detailed in Documents required with Management Licence applications and notifications under each specific type of practice.

Complete online form: Application for a new management licence

Variations to existing licences

You must apply to vary your existing management licence if you intend to change the scope of your practice, such as the number or types of radiation sources involved. The application must be approved by the department before the proposed changes occur. For example, a radiology practice may wish to: 

  • Expand by setting up a radiology practice with X-ray units at a new location
  • Acquire a different type of radiation source (e.g. a CT scanner) at an existing authorised location
  • Acquire an additional X-ray unit of the same type as they already are authorised to possess at an existing authorised location
  • Move from their current authorised location to another location.

It is an offence against the Radiation Act for a management licence holder to take possession of a new radiation source before that activity has been authorised in their licence. 

The supporting documents that must be submitted when lodging an application to vary an existing management licence is detailed in Documents required with Management Licence applications and notifications under each specific type of practice.

Complete online form: Application to vary or transfer a management licence

Notification of acquisition, disposal or relocation

Complete online form: Notification of acquisition, disposal or relocation of a radiation source

All management licences issued by the department include a condition that requires a management licence holder whose licence permits disposal of radioactive material to meet the requirements described here.

Disposal in this context includes:

  • selling or giving away radioactive material to another person
  • taking a sealed source to a service provider for the purpose of disposal
  • relocating or moving of radioactive material outside Victoria, whether temporarily or permanently.

These restrictions do not apply to the disposal of bodily wastes to sewer by a person who, as part of a diagnostic or therapeutic medical procedure, has previously had an administration or implantation of radioactive material.

For more information, visit disposal of radioactive material.

Management licences that authorise the sale of radiation sources include a condition that requires the licence holder to meet the requirements described in Sale of radiation sources – management licence holder's obligations.

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