- A use licence is required to operate (use) radiation sources/units within Victoria.
- This page details the information and the form required for a dentist to apply for or vary an existing use licence in relation to the use of a dental intra-oral X-ray unit, panoramic radiography unit, cephalometric radiography unit and/or a dental 3D volumetric imaging 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.
As a dentist, a use licence allows you to use specific types of a radiation sources for a specific purpose.
This page details the information and the form required for a dentist to apply for or vary an existing use licence in relation to the use of the following:
- dental intra-oral X-ray unit
- panoramic radiography unit
- cephalometric radiography unit
- dental 3D volumetric imaging unit.
In addition to your application, you must meet certain prerequisites prior to being issued with a use licence.
Check if you are exempt
If you are unsure whether you require a licence, we recommend that prior to lodging an application that you email us via with a description of your proposed activity to clarify your licensing requirements.
Prerequisites: information to include in your application
All of the following information must be included with your application (electronic files can be attached with your application).
Intra-oral X-ray unit
Dental 3D volumetric imaging unit
Recognised training courses
Panoramic/cephalometric X-ray units
3D volumetric imaging unit (radiation safety)
3D volumetric imaging unit (applications training)
Recognised tertiary education establishment
Relevant courses provided by the following tertiary education establishments are considered to include sufficient training in the use of panoramic/cephalometric X-ray units:
- The University of Melbourne.
- The University of Sydney.
- The University of Queensland.
- The University of Adelaide.
- The University of Western Australia.
- James Cook University.
- Charles Sturt University.
- Griffith University.
- The University of Otago.
If an education establishment is not included on the list of recognised tertiary education establishments but you believe the course covers the use of panoramic/cephalometric X-ray units in sufficient detail, then you should email evidence to demonstrate this training in the use of panoramic/cephalometric X-ray units to us via
The demonstration of training in the use of panoramic/cephalometric X-ray units must include the following:
- a copy of the education establishment’s lecture information relevant to panoramic/cephalometric X-ray units.
- a copy of the education establishment’s requirements for training in the use of panoramic/cephalometric X-ray units.
- a letter from the education establishment that verifies that the education establishment is satisfied that the graduate is competent to use panoramic/cephalometric X-ray units.
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.
Conditions of licence and other relevant documents
Licence durations, licence fees, assessment process and timeframes
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 following publication:
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.
Reviewed 30 October 2023