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 medical physicist to apply for or vary an existing use licence in relation to the use of various radiation sources.
  • 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 medical physicist to apply for or vary an existing use licence in relation to the use of various radiation sources.

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).

Medical Physicist Apparatus Prerequisites
Nuclear medicine
  • Unsealed radioactive material
  • Must hold accreditation with ACPSEM or equivalent body as a Medical Physicist in the field of nuclear medicine or
  • Must have successfully completed a Bachelor degree majoring in physics, medical physics; or equivalent and must provide evidence of training and expertise appropriate to the type of radiation sources proposed to be used.
Diagnostic imaging
  • Diagnostic imaging X-ray unit
  • Sealed source
  • Must hold accreditation with ACPSEM or equivalent body as a Medical Physicist in the field of diagnostic imaging or
  • Must have successfully completed a Bachelor degree majoring in physics, medical physics; or equivalent and must provide evidence of training and expertise appropriate to the type of radiation sources proposed to be used.
Radiation oncology
  • Therapeutic ionising radiation apparatus
  • Therapeutic sealed source apparatus
  • Diagnostic imaging X-ray unit
  • Sealed source
  • Must hold accreditation with ACPSEM or equivalent body as a Medical Physicist in the field of radiation oncology or
  • Must have successfully completed a Bachelor degree majoring in physics, medical physics; or equivalent and must provide evidence of training and expertise appropriate to the type of radiation sources proposed to be used.
Note: Applicants should identify in which specialty area(s) they propose to work, for example Diagnostic Radiology, Radiation Oncology and/or Nuclear Medicine.

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

Compliance with Condition U1638 - Mandatory radiation safety requirements for use licence holders is a condition of use licences issued to medical physicists 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 or apply to vary a licence.