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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 email@example.com. 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
Temporary pause in compliance testing of X-ray equipment
The testing of X-ray equipment, undertaken on behalf of the Health Protection Service (HPS) as part of the registration approval process, has been adversely affected by the escalation of the COVID-19 situation in the Canberra Region and across Australia. This has caused a temporary pause in compliance testing being undertaken.
If your practice/business is intending to install any X-ray equipment, please be aware this may significantly impact the timeframe for registration of the equipment and may only resolve when border conditions permit.
If your practice/business is considered an “essential business, activity or undertaking” under a Public Health Emergency Direction but is unable to operate due to X ray equipment awaiting registration, where this X-ray equipment is low risk (e.g. intraoral dental X-ray, BMD/DEXA, XRF, XRD or a standard X-ray baggage scanner) please contact HPS to discuss approaching the Radiation Council for consideration of possible temporary arrangements.
What’s new in occupational licensing – Automatic Mutual Recognition (AMR)
Automatic Mutual Recognition (AMR) aims to make it easier for workers to operate interstate under the Mutual Recognition Act 1992 (Cth) (MR Act). The ACT is a participating jurisdiction and entered the AMR scheme on 1 July 2021 along with New South Wales, Victoria and the Northern Territory. Other States are likely to enter the scheme in 2022.
To allow time to implement AMR, people licenced to deal with a regulated radiation source from interstate are temporarily exempt in the ACT, but from 1 July 2022, interstate licensees can operate here without the need for additional registrations and fees. For interstate workers coming to the ACT, you will simply need to notify ACT Health of your intent to work in the ACT.
If you are licensed or registered in the ACT and plan to work interstate, you will need to check the rules and regulations in that state or territory.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.