Apply for a Licence to Deal with a Radiation Source

Licences are required for any individual or organisation which deals with a radiation source - operates, uses, manufactures, possesses, supplies, disposes, stores, packs or transports.  Professionals who use radiation producing equipment such as radiographers, radiation therapists, dentists, veterinarians, service engineers, medical physicists and compliance inspectors must hold an ACT Radiation Licence to operate the equipment. Users of any apparatus incorporating a sealed source such as brachytherapy or soil testing equipment must also be appropriately licensed. 

Please use the following forms for all new applications:

Apply online or download the Radiation Licence application form


To amend an existing licence please contact the Health Protection Service to obtain a pre-filled form for your convenience. Alternatively you may use the application form above.

On this page: Application Process | Accompanying Documentation | Mutual Recognition | Exemptions


Individuals may apply to deal with a radiation source in the following ways:

  • Use / Operate
    Use or operate a source for its primary intended use and any routine Quality Control tests or calibrations
  • Manufacture
  • Possess
    Own / Lease
  • Supply (Sell)
    Including any demonstrations or training directly associated with the source you supply
  • Service
    Install, Repair, Maintain
  • Dispose / Decommission
  • Transport, store or pack
    For transport by public road, rail or air

A Radiation Licence is not a registration by a Health Professionals Board.

Organisations may apply for a licence to deal with a radiation source in the same categories. However, an organisation cannot apply to use or service a source.

Application process

  • Use the online form or download Radiation Licence application form
  • Complete and sign the application form.
  • Submit the form, all supporting information and appropriate fee to the Health Protection Service (HPS).
  • HPS will issue a tax invoice and a letter of receipt advising that the application will be assessed at the next scheduled meeting of the ACT Radiation Council.
  • The Radiation Council may impose conditions on the licence.
  • Once the application is approved by the Radiation Council a Licence Certificate will be issued and mailed out to the postal address you supplied.
  • You must re-apply for your licence prior to the expiry date to enable you to continue practising in the ACT.

All applications are assessed by the ACT Radiation Council who meet on a 6 weekly cycle. Applications must be received 1 week prior to the next scheduled council meeting. Scheduled Council meeting dates are posted on the Council section of this website.

Fees paid by Employers

If you are required to hold a licence because of the nature of your work as an employee, your employer may elect to pay the fee. This is a private arrangement and it remains your responsibility, as the applicant, to ensure that the application form and fees are submitted.

Accompanying Documents

The Radiation Council requires documentary evidence of individual competence. A list of radiation licence prerequisites for common occupations can be found here. All applications will be assessed by the Council on a case by case basis.

To demonstrate that you meet the licence prerequisites you should provide documentation such as:

  • degrees or certificates of training,
  • relevant professional memberships accreditations or registrations,
  • a radiation licence held in another state or territory
  • evidence of radiation related training courses,
  • any other documents relevant to your application.

For medical (diagnostic and therapeutic) use of radiation, licence holders are required to be registered with the appropriate health professional board such as AHPRA.

For veterinary practitioners and veterinary surgeons, licence holders are required to be registered with the ACT Veterinary Surgeons Board.


Mutual Recognition

If you hold a current radiation licence in another state or territory you may be eligible to apply under mutual recognition. The Mutual Recognition Act 1992 enables a person who is registered in connection with an occupation in a State to carry on an equivalent occupation in another State, subject to specified requirements.

To apply for a Licence under the Radiation Protection Act 2006 using Mutual Recognition you will need to submit the following to the ACT Radiation Council:

Once your application has been received it will be assessed within 4 weeks. You will be deemed registered until such time as the application has been considered. The standard licensing fee will apply.


Students are not required to hold a use licence on the condition that they are under immediate supervision at all times while using a regulated radiation source in any clinical situation and under general supervision at all other times.

This includes nuclear medicine students, radiography students and radiation therapy students.

An exception to the requirement for immediate supervision is made for students who are undertaking a clinical placement in the final year of a four year medical radiation degree.

These students may progress to operating under general supervision if they have been deemed competent to do so by their supervisor, and a documented assessment of competency has been made.

To be valid a documented assessment of competency must:

  • be a written assessment,
  • relate to the individual student,
  • relate to the site where the student is undertaking their placement,
  • be based upon the student's experience and performance at that site,
  • outline the modality and/or type of equipment/radiation source that the student has been deemed competent to use (e.g. mobile x-ray equipment),
  • be approved by a licensed person at the site who has overall responsibility for supervising the student,
  • be issued in accordance with the relevant radiation management plan, and
  • be available for inspection at all times.

Students do not automatically progress to working under general supervision, and there is no obligation for a supervisor to assess a student as competent.

  • Immediate supervision means supervision by a licensed person who is present at all times during, and is observing and directing, the use of regulated radiation source.
  • General supervision means supervision by a licensed person who oversees the person being supervised and ensures that the person follows safe radiation work practices in relation to the use of regulated radiation source.
  • Medical radiation degree means a qualification that is intended to lead to general registration as a medical radiation practitioner with the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia.

For more information please see the exemption notice