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Environment Protection Authority

Environmental Issues

Managing radiation in NSW

Radiation user licence - introduction

The Radiation Control Act 1990 and Radiation Control Regulation 2013 provides for the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to licence users of regulated material and for conditions to be imposed on the licence.

Regulated material means any of the following:

  • radioactive substances
  • ionising radiation apparatus
  • non-ionising radiation apparatus of a kind prescribed by the Regulation
  • sealed source devices

The purpose of licensing is:

  • to regulate, restrict or prohibit the use of regulated material to protect the community and the environment from exposure to radiation
  • to ensure that those who use regulated material  meet certain minimum standards of expertise when using radiation.

A user licence that permits individuals to use regulated material can only be issued to individuals ('natural persons') not companies. A licence is valid for 1 year or 3 years.

‘To use' includes to operate, have in possession for use, handle or manipulate, or use in the course of manufacture.

Occupations that may require a licence to use include:

  • chiropractors
  • dentists
  • general medical practitioners (remote operators)
  • medical specialists using fluoroscopy
  • nuclear medicine physicians
  • nurses (remote operators)
  • radiographers (medical diagnostic or therapy)
  • radiographers (industrial)
  • scientists
  • service engineers
  • technologists
  • tertiary lecturers
  • veterinarians

See Forms to download the application form for a user licence.

Page last updated: 14 August 2014