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Employees using radiation sources

Page content: Use licences | How do I apply for a use licence? | Variations to an existing use licence | Exemptions | Prerequisites for licensing | Processing times | Prescribed fees | Serious offences | Application forms | Mandatory radiation safety requirements for some use licence holders | Tips for completing the use licence application form

Use licences

These licences authorise the holder to use specified types of radiation sources for a specified purpose. The licences are issued for periods of one, two or three years. There are prescribed fees for licences which consist of an application fee and a licence fee. Licence fees vary depending on the length of the licence.

A use licence issued by the Department consists of:

How do I apply for a use licence?

You need to complete an application form and forward to the department. Most Applications are assessed by the department and a decision made on issue of a licence within approximately two weeks of lodgement. You will be mailed an invoice once your application has been assessed. You must pay this invoice, and once the final approval has been given you will be sent a certificate. Until you receive this certificate you are not authorised to use radiation sources.

Variations to an existing use licence

From time to time a use licence holder may wish to make changes to their licence to vary the scope including such matters as the types of radiation sources or the way in which they wish to use the sources. In these cases the use licence holder must apply to the department for a variation to the use licence. The application form varies depending on the sector and nature of the radiation practice involved that must be lodged with the department.

Most applications are assessed by the department and a decision made on issue of a licence within approximately two weeks of lodgement.

The licence must be varied by the Department before the proposed changes to the radiation practice take effect. This means that for example it is an offence against the Radiation Act for a use licence holder to use a radiation source which is not authorised by their licence. Similarly, it is an offence to use it in a manner that is not authorised by their licence. If you have any questions about variations, please contact the Radiation Safety Hotline.

Exemptions

Medical Radiation Practitioners:
Trainee medical radiation practitioners who have provisional registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency are exempt from the requirement to hold a use licence. Please check section 5 of the Exemptions for detailed information.

There are some exemptions that have been made by the Secretary of the Department to exempt persons from some licensing requirements in certain circumstances.

  Exemptions from use licence requirements

Prerequisites for licensing

There are certain requirements that must be met and information that must be provided with a use licence application.  Refer to the following document ‘What do I need to include with my application for a licence - use?’ before you submit an application.  Your application may be rejected if you have not met the prerequisites.

  What do I need to include with my application for a licence - use?

Processing times

The following document provides information on how your application will be processed and graphs of our average processing times.

Application processing times (92kb, pdf)

Prescribed fees

There are prescribed fees for licences which consist of an application fee and a licence fee.  Licence fees vary depending on the nature of the radiation source involved and the length of the licence.  There are prescribed fees for licence variations.

  Radiation Licensing Fees

Serious offences

The following document provides a summary of serious offences under the Radiation Act 2005.

  Serious offences under the Radiation Act 2005

Application forms

The following smart form is to be used for submitting an application for a new use licence or a variation to an existing use licence.

It is essential to read the above 'Prerequisites for applying for use licences' document before submitting an application.

Application for a new use licence or to vary an existing use licence (Smartform)

Mandatory radiation safety requirements for some use licence holders

Some use licences issued by the Department include a condition which requires the licence holder to meet the requirements described in this document. Typically the condition which makes reference to this document is applied where there are no applicable Codes of Practice, such as those published by the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency.

  Mandatory radiation safety requirements for use licence holders (Use Licence Condition) 

Tips for completing the use licence application form

  Tips for completing the use licence application form