Department of Health

Do you need a use licence?

Before you apply for a radiation use licence you should read the Secretary’s 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 licencing requirements. 

Some exemptions have been made by the Secretary of the department to exempt persons from the licensing requirements in certain circumstances. For example, a radiation use licence is not required if you use X-ray diffraction, X-ray absorption, or X-ray fluorescence analyser.

Similarly, the following people do not need to hold a use licence if supervised by a person holding a use licence:

  • A medical registrar employed by a hospital who is training in nuclear medicine, diagnostic radiology, radiation oncology or a medical discipline using fluoroscopy;
  • a student medical radiation practitioner who is employed as a trainee practitioner in nuclear medicine, diagnostic radiology or radiation therapy;
  • a graduate medical radiation practitioner who is employed as a trainee practitioner in nuclear medicine, diagnostic radiography or radiation therapy undertaking their professional development year and/or undertaking an internship;

We also encourage you to read the sector specific information before lodging an application to ensure that you meet the prerequisites for a use licence.

Reviewed 06 November 2019

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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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