Radiation Safety

The Radiation Safety Section of the Health Protection Service helps to enforce the principles of radiation protection including the process of Justification, Optimisation and Limitation. We help to ensure that radiation exposures to workers, patients, members of the public and the environment are kept as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA).

In the event of an emergency, contact us 24 hours a day on (02) 9962 8612.

The Radiation Safety Section of the Health Protection Service administers the Radiation Protection Act 2006 and the Radiation Protection Regulation 2007.

We regulate the use, supply and service of ionising radiation in medical, research, and industrial applications and the safe use, transport, storage and disposal of radioactive substances. We also regulate some sources of non-ionising radiation such as solaria.

In conjunction with The Radiation Council we oversee the issuing of Radiation Licenses and the registration of Radiation Sources.

We provide scientific and technical advice to the ACT community and the Minister for Health on all ionising and non-ionising radiation safety matters in the interest of minimising health risks and protection of the environment.


Radiation Safety Training

The Canberra Hospital is offering a Radiation safety course for medical practitioners involved in fluoroscopy from 4 - 8pm 15 May 2018.
The course is suitable for medical practitioners involved with cardiology, urology, gastroenterology, orthopaedics, pain management or related disciplines that use fluoroscopy.


Email correspondence for radiation source registrations

The Health Protection Service is using a new online system to make it easier for you to reapply for a radiation source registration. From 1 September 2017, the next time your registration is due to expire we will send you a reminder by email and you will be able to click through to a reapplication form, prefilled with the details of your registration.

You will no longer receive a reminder by post. If your email address has changed or you are not sure if we have your correct email address, please contact the Health Protection Service through the contact options below to update your details and ensure that you continue to receive correspondence from us.


Contact us

Howard Florey Centenary House
25 Mulley Street
ACT 2611

Phone (02) 6205 1700

Emergency Phone 24 hours - (02) 9962 8612

Fax (02) 6205 1705

Email: hps@act.gov.au