Department of Health

Radiation

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.

We regulate the use of radiation to protect people and the environment from its harmful effects. We do this 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.

Radiation news

Radiation Act annual report 

The Radiation Act annual report for the financial year ending 30 June 2022 has been published. The report describes the radiation regulatory activities of our department.

Implementation of our licensing portal

We are aiming to implement the licensing portal for management licences in the first quarter of 2023. You will need to register on the portal if you are a management licence holder or a person authorised to act on behalf of a management licence holder.

In late 2019, we implemented the licensing portal for use licences, approved testers, and approved assessors.

Automatic mutual recognition

The Australian Government and state and territory governments have introduced a uniform scheme of automatic mutual recognition (AMR).

This enables an individual who is registered for an occupation in their home state to carry on those activities in other states and territories without further application process or registration fees. Victoria entered the scheme on 1 July 2021.

Radiation newsletter

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Reviewed 06 January 2023

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Contact us

Our phone service is available Monday to Friday, from 9.00am to 1.00pm or we can be contacted via email. 

Radiation safety team Department of Health GPO Box 4057, Melbourne, VIC 3001

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