Department of Health

Approved assessors

Key messages

  • An approved assessor assesses a security plan or transport security plan to ensure the security plan complies with the relevant security standards.
  • To become an approved assessor you need to completed an online application form and forward the prescribed fee to the department.
  • Before applying, you must ensure you meet the relevant assessment criteria.


An assessor's approval allows an individual to issue security compliance certificates indicating that a security plan or transport security plan meets the applicable security standard.

It is an offence for a person other than an approved tester to issue a certificate if compliance.

This page details the information and the form required for a person to apply for or vary an existing assessor's approval.

Applicants seeking a assessor's approval must meet certain prerequisites prior to being issued with a assessor's approval.

Prerequisites: what information do I include with my application?

There are certain requirements that must be met and information that must be provided with an approved assessor's application.

To apply to become an approved assessor you must be a Nationally Accredited Radiation Security Advisor and have completed a Graduate Certificate in Radiation Security. This training program is delivered by the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA). After you complete the training program you may apply to the department to receive approval. For more information please contact the department.

Please note

ARPANSA is currently not running this training program. Consequently, the department is unable to issue new approvals for approved assessors.

Please check back to this page for details of future ARPANSA training programs. You can find more information on the ARPANSA website.

Conditions of approval and other relevant documents

The approved assessor's authority is subject to limitations and conditions. The schedule issued with the approved assessor's authority contains the conditions that have been placed on the approval.

It is a condition of the approved assessor's authority to comply with the mandatory requirements for approved assessors.

Applying to become an approved assessor

The department is unable to issue new approvals for approved assessors.

Approval duration

Assessor's approvals are issued for periods of one, two or three years. The applicant can choose which period they wish to apply for.

Assessment process and timeframe

Applications are initially checked for completeness, and that documented evidence of the relevant prerequisites have been submitted. The application is then entered onto the department's licensing system before being allocated to an officer in the department's Radiation Team for assessment.

If the application is approved, you will be notified by email and then you can download  your approved assessor's authority from the licensing portal.

If the application is rejected, a letter will be sent within 14 days of the decision giving a statement of reasons for refusing to issue the approval and advice on how you may seek review of the Secretary's decision.

List of approved assessors

The department maintains a list of the approved assessors that can be contacted by management licence holders to have their security plans assessed.

Reviewed 16 January 2019


Contact details

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

Radiation Safety Department of Health GPO Box 4057, Melbourne, VIC 3000

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