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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)
The Federal Government is making it easier to work interstate from 1 July 2021, as jurisdictions adopt automatic mutual recognition (AMR).
Mutual recognition has existed for some time and it has required separate registrations and additional fees to register in another jurisdiction. The aim of automatic mutual recognition is to make it easier for workers to work in other states.
States and territories that participate in AMR will provide interstate occupational licence holders with an automatic deemed registration (ADR), without the need for additional fees or registrations.
This means that as a licence holder, when your occupation is within AMR you will be authorised to undertake the work activities associated with your licence from your home jurisdiction in other states and territories.
From 1 July 2021, the following states and territories will be participating in AMR: ACT, NSW, VIC, and the NT.
Most occupational licences will be exempt from the scheme for the first 12 months in the ACT, as the compliance systems are developed and implemented, and legislative frameworks aligned.
The automatically deemed registrations from 1 July 2021 in the ACT will be licences for carrying on the occupational activities of architects, water bore drillers, and commercial pesticide operators. ADR will apply to more occupational licences over time.
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.