Key messages

  • A use licence is required to operate (use) radiation sources/units within Victoria.
  • This page details the information and the form required for a nurse working in a remote area to apply for or vary an existing use licence in relation to the use of a medical general X-ray unit.
  • Supporting documents are required when submitting an application for a use licence.
  • You are not authorised to use a radiation source until you receive your licence certificate.

Overview

A use licence allows an individual to use specific types of a radiation sources for a specific purpose. Failure to hold the required use licence is an offence under the Radiation Act 2005.

This page details the information and the form required for a nurse working in a remote area to apply for or vary an existing use licence in relation to the use of a medical general X-ray unit.

Applicants seeking a licence to use radiation sources must meet certain prerequisites prior to being issued with a use licence.

Do you need a use licence?

Before you apply for a radiation use licence read the full exemptions to check if you are exempt from the requirement to hold a use licence. 

If you are unsure whether you require a licence, we recommend that, prior to lodging an application, you email the department with a description of your proposed activity to clarify your licensing requirements.

Prerequisites: what information do I include with my application?

All of the following information must be included with your application (electronic files can be attached with your application).

Occupation Apparatus Prerequisites

Nurses (remote area)

Note: Use licences are generally only issued to nurses who practice in rural/remote areas where no radiographers are available.

Medical general X-ray unit

Note: This licence is restricted to plain radiography of the limbs distal to but not including the shoulder girdle and pelvis except in the case of a medical emergency when radiography of any part of the body may be undertaken.

  • Must hold general registration as a Registered Nurse (Division 1) with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and
  • Must have successfully completed a recognised short course in radiography for Nurses.
    (Recognised Courses MED2) and
  • Must provide evidence that their proposed place of practice is identified as a small rural health service for the purpose of limited x-ray services.

Recognised Training Course

Course Number
Course Title
Course Provider/Contact Details
MED2-1
General Radiography: Introduction to the Principles and Practice for Rural General Practitioners

Monash University Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences
Building 13C, Room 132
MONASH UNIVERSITY VIC 3800
Phone: (03) 9905 8196
Fax: (03) 9902 9500
Website: www.med.monash.edu.au/radiography

MED2-2
Rural and Remote Radiography course

Sonographic Solutions Pty Ltd
PO Box 1061
Firle, SA
Mobile: 0400 777 916
Fax: (08) 8331 9983
Email: jim@sonographic.com.au
Website: www.sonographic.com.au

MED2-3
Rural and Remote Operator Course

University of South Australia
101 Currie Street
ADELAIDE
Phone: (08) 8302 2425
Email: healthstudy@unisa.edu.au

Mutual recognition

A person who is registered in an equivalent occupation in another state or territory or New Zealand may be entitled to apply to the department under the Commonwealth Mutual Recognition Act 1992 for a licence to use radiation sources in Victoria related to their occupations.

See the mutual recognition arrangements page for more information.

Conditions of licence and other relevant documents

This licence is restricted to plain radiography of the limbs distal to but not including the shoulder girdle and pelvis except in the case of a medical emergency when radiography of any part of the body may be undertaken.

Use licences are generally only issued to nurses who practice in rural/remote areas where no radiographers are available.

Compliance with the Code of Practice for Radiation Protection in the Medical Applications of Ionizing Radiation is a condition of use licences issued to nurses working in a remote area and applicants must be familiar with these requirements. 

Licence durations, licence fees, assessment process and timeframes

See the general information on use licences section for more information.

Apply for a use licence or apply to vary an existing licence

Before you apply for a use licence it is important that you read the FAQ’s about the new licensing portal to assist you with lodging an application.  

Once you familiarise yourself with the prerequisites for licensing you can apply using the licensing portal.  

Select your occupation and then choose the radiation sources that you would like to be authorised to use. You will then be asked to upload the required prerequisites and pay the prescribed fee with either credit card (preferred) or BPay. There is no fee applicable to vary your use licence.

Apply for a use licence apply to vary a licence