Department of Health

Portable nuclear/moisture density gauges 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 portable nuclear / moisture density gauges operator to apply for or vary an existing use licence in relation to the use of a portable nuclear moisture/density gauge.
  • 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.

Overview

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.

This page details the information and the form required for a portable nuclear moisture/density gauges operator to apply for or vary an existing use licence in relation to the use of a portable nuclear moisture/density gauge.

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?

Documented evidence of qualifications, registrations and training to substantiate the prerequisites must be submitted with your application in order to receive your licence. All of the following information must be included with your application (electronic files can be attached with your application).

Occupation Apparatus Prerequisites
Portable Nuclear Moisture/Density Gauges - operator
Portable Nuclear Moisture/Density Gauges
  • Must have successfully completed a recognised course in radiation safety with respect to portable nuclear moisture/density gauges (Recognised Course IND2).

Recognised Training Courses

Course Number
Course Title
Course Provider/Contact Details
IND2-1
Radiation safety in the use of Nuclear Density/Moisture Gauge

Vtech Materials Testing Pty Ltd.
5 Scholar Drive University Hill
BUNDOORA VIC 3083
Phone: 03 9467 9350
Fax: 03 9467 9436
Email: sales@vtech-mte.com.au
Website: www.vtech-mte.com.au

Radiation Safety with Portable Moisture and Density Gauges Using Radioactive Sources

RadTest AUSTRALIA
Contact: Emily Cracknell
Presenter: Steve Crosling
Phone: 03 9718 1110
Email: emily@radtestcom.au

Radiation Safety for users of Portable Density/Moisture Gauges

RadSafety Solutions
Linda McCarthy
Mobile :+61 (0)409 848 535
Email: linda@radsafetysolutions.com

Radiation Safety - Portable moisture/density gauges course Dr Kent Gregory
SA Radiation Pty Ltd
Mobile: 0410 388 018
Email: kent@saradiation.com.au
Web: www.saradiation.com.au 

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 the Practice for Portable Density/Moisture Gauges Containing Radioactive Sources (2004), is a condition of use licences issued to portable nuclear moisture/density gauges 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 a use licence or apply to vary a licence

Reviewed 13 January 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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