In the event of an emergency, please dial 000.
The Radiation Safety section of the Health Protection Service (HPS) helps enforce the principles of radiation protection. This includes the process of Justification, Optimisation and Limitation.
We are responsible for the following outcomes:
- ensuring radiation exposures to the community are As Low As Reasonable Achievable (ALARA)
- issuing Radiation Licences and the registration of Radiation Sources in line with the Radiation Council (see below)
- regulating the use, supply and service of ionising and non-ionising radiation sources in medical, research and industrial applications
- regulating the safe use, transport, storage and disposal of radioactive substances
- providing scientific and technical advice about radiation safety to the ACT community and the Minister for Health
We also manage the Radiation Protection Act 2006 and the Radiation Protection Regulation 2007 .
Please contact us for more information on 02 5124 9700 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Our fax number is 02 5124 5554.
Find us at the Howard Florey Centenary House, 25 Mulley Street, Holder, ACT 2611.
Radiation safety news and updates
What’s new in occupational licensing – Automatic Mutual Recognition (AMR)
If you are licensed to deal with radiation sources in your home state (where you live or complete most of your work activities), you may be eligible to work in the ACT under the Automatic Mutual Recognition (AMR) Scheme.
The AMR scheme allows workers who hold an occupational registration or licence in one Australian state or territory, to work in other Australian states or territories without needing to pay additional fees or applying for a separate licence.
Find more information regarding AMR for people living in the ACT.
You will need to set up an ACT Digital Account and notify the ACT Government of your intention to work in the ACT via an online form.
If you are not eligible or don’t wish to use the Automatic Mutual Recognition Scheme but you wish to work in the ACT, the Mutual Recognition Scheme may be another option for workers from another state wishing to work in the ACT.
To learn more about AMR, visit the Access Canberra website for additional information and guidelines, or to speak to someone about AMR, contact the Health Protection Service on 5124 9700 or email@example.com.
Information sharing provisions under the Mutual Recognition Act 1992 (Cth) (MR Act)
Under the Mutual Recognition Act 1992 (Cth), ACT Health must share information with other local registration authorities in States and Territories that cover the activity including:
- information in connection with a person’s automatic deemed registration (ADR), including:
- the person’s name and address;
- information identifying an individual’s ADR;
- the fact that disciplinary action, including preliminary investigations that might lead to criminal, civil or disciplinary proceedings, is being taken in relation to the ADR;
- whether suspension or cancellation of the ADR would be subject to an appeal; and
- information relating to the reason for taking or considering the action.
- information authorised or required under local licensing legislation for the registration.
For the most up to date information on AMR and how it applies in the ACT please follow the link below:
Legislative Review of the Radiation Protection Act 2006
ACT Health undertook a legislative review of the Radiation Protection Act 2006 in late 2018 on whether the policy objectives of the Act remain valid, and if the ACT’s approach to radiation safety is consistent with nationally agreed principles. Stakeholders provided detailed feedback as part of the review process.
The final review report was presented in the ACT Legislative Assembly in November 2018.
View a copy of the report.