Department of Health

How we regulate radiation in Victoria

The department has developed a Better regulatory practice framework that  details our approach to regulation. This framework sets out a clear and transparent statement about how the department's regulators will bring a systematic, risk-based approach to its regulatory activities.

The purpose of the framework is to provide a clear focus on regulatory outcomes, demonstrate a risk-based approach to regulation, inform organisational improvement and improve engagement with stakeholders. This framework draws on better regulatory practice approaches from international, national and state regulatory guidelines.

The department's Radiation Team has developed the Radiation safety regulator plan (word) that outlines outcomes, key risks and regulatory tools. This plan was informed by the department's Better Regulatory Practice Framework.

Ministerial Statement of Expectations

A Ministerial Statement of Expectation (word) was issued by the Minister for Health. It articulates the Minister's expectations for regulator performance and improvement for the period 2019-2021.

The department's Radiation Team has responded to the Statement of Expectation with an action plan (word).

Read more about Ministerial Statements of Expectations for regulators.

Compliance and enforcement

The department has published a Compliance and Enforcement Policy to guide it’s work in the regulation of radiation safety and to describe its approach to:

  • monitoring of a regulated entity’s compliance with the Radiation Act 2005 (the Act), and
  • enforcing the ban on commercial tanning where required, taking action to bring about compliance with the Act.

In this context a regulated entity may be a:

  • facility construction licence holder
  • management licence holder
  • use licence holder
  • approved tester
  • approved assessor
  • a person or persons who are required by the Act to hold such an authority.

The Compliance and Enforcement Policy builds upon the department’s Better Regulatory Practice Framework.

Authorised officers

The department through its authorised officers have a range of powers under the Act. These powers are listed in Part 7 of the Act.

The department has a number of officers authorised under the Act. These officers are all issued with an identity card and must produce his or her identity card for inspection:

  1. Before exercising a power under this Part; or
  2. If asked to do so by any person at any time during the exercise of a power under this Part. 

The identity card will contain the name and a photograph of the authorised officer.

Division 3 of Part 7 of the Act describes the powers of entry of the authorised officers under the Act.

Reviewed 27 October 2021

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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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