Department of Health

Bone mineral densitometer operators

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 bone mineral densitometer operator to apply for or vary an existing use licence in relation to the use of a bone mineral densitometer 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.


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.

A use licence can authorise individuals in the medical profession to use a bone mineral densitometer.

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

Bone Mineral Densitometer Operator

Bone Mineral Densitometer

  • Must have satisfactory completed a recognised course in safe use of bone mineral densitometers.
    (Recognised Courses MED5)

Recognised Training Course

Course Number Course Title Course Provider/Contact Details
MED5-1 Bone Densitometry Course

145 Macquarie Street
Phone: +61 2 9256 5405 Fax: +61 2 9251 8174
Email: Website:

MED5-2 Bone Mineral Density (DXA) - off campus learning course

Monash University
Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences
Building 13C, Room 132
Phone: (03) 9905 8196
Fax: (03) 9902 9500

MED5-3 Bone Densitometry Course

The International Society of Clinical Densitometry (ICSD)
Geoff Roff Phone: 0420 508 638

MED5-4 Certificate of completion - InMed Radiation Safety Course and Training Certificate for DEXA & pQCT

1300 364 336
45 Prime Drive
Seven Hills NSW 2147

MED5-5 Osteoporosis: Essentials of Densitometry, Diagnosis and Management - An International Course by ISCD and IOF

The International Society for Clinical Densitometry (ISCD) and The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF)

MED5-6 Certificate of Attainment - Hologic Radiation Awareness for Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) Operation

Hologic (Australia) Pty Ltd
Suite 302, Level 3, 2 Lyon Park Road,
Macquarie Park NSW 2113

MED5-7 Radiation Safety for Bone Densitometry Operators

Medical and Scientific Services Pty Ltd
255 Marmion Street,
Cottesloe WA 6011
Phone: 0419 924 355

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 the Code of Practice for Radiation Protection in the Medical Applications of Ionizing Radiation is a condition of use licences issued to bone mineral densitometry operators 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 use licence or apply to vary a licence 

Reviewed 10 January 2022


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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