Radiation safety

Radiation safety involves the protection of people and the environment from the harmful effects of ionising radiation.

In Australia, radiation safety is sought through the regulation of the acquisition, possession, use, storage, and transportation of radioactive substances, through a variety of licensing regimes, legislative frameworks, and safety standards.

Australia is also an active participant in many international organisations and committees which consider the safe use of radioactive materials

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  • Acts and regulations
    The Australian Commonwealth, state and territory Governments are each responsible for monitoring and managing radioactive materials under their jurisdiction under appropriate acts and regulations.
  • International practice
    Australia is an active participant in many international organisations and their expert committees which provide advice on the safe use and management of nuclear and radioactive materials.
  • International standards
    International standards of safety for protection against ionising radiation are promulgated by the International Atomic Energy Agency.
  • International treaties
    Australia is a party to a number of relevant international conventions and treaties.
  • Waste transport
    Transport of radioactive material in Australia is governed by a code of practice based on internationally accepted standards


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