The EPA accredits radiation security assessors to perform certain functions relating to source security plans and source transport security plans prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Protection from Harmful Radiation Act 1990.
Plans must be reviewed by an assessor accredited by the EPA. The assessor must endorse the plan by stating that it satisfactorily sets out how the source will be protected from unauthorised access and that the plan meets all the requirements for security plans set out in the Act and Regulation.
When changes to the security or classification of a source occur, a revised plan must be re-endorsed by an assessor. In the case of some minor amendments that do not change the security measures that apply to the source, re-endorsement is not required. Source security plans and source transport security plans provide more details.
Accredited radiation security assessors
The Protection from Harmful Radiation Act 1990 requires that a person must not carry on any of the activities prescribed as activities of a radiation security assessor unless they have been accredited by the EPA as a Radiation Security Assessor (RSA).
The Protection from Harmful Regulation 2013 prescribes the activities of an Radiation Security Assessor. A Radiation Security Assessor can only undertake activities as provided in their conditions of accreditation.
The EPA accredits individuals who:
- are a Nationally Accredited Radiation Security Advisor accredited by Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) under the national radiation security advisors accreditation scheme. For further information refer to ARPANSA security of radioactive material. Enquiries may also be directed to ARPANSA's Security and Community Safety Team: email@example.com.
- provide certification of successful completion of the ARPANSA accredited course: Vocational Graduate Certificate in Radiation Security.
To apply for accreditation as a Radiation Security Assessor complete the form below and submit.
Recognition of assessors from another Australian state or territory or New Zealand
From 1 December 2022, if you are registered in an equivalent occupation in another Australian state or territory (besides Queensland), you may be entitled to work in NSW under automatic mutual recognition (AMR). If eligible for AMR, you may no longer need to apply for, or renew, a NSW radiation security assessor accreditation but will need to notify the EPA of your intention to work in NSW. Find out more about automatic mutual recognition and if you are eligible.
If you wish to work in NSW but are not eligible or do not want to rely on AMR, you may be able to apply for or renew a NSW radiation security assessor accreditation under the existing mutual recognition scheme – complete the form below attaching the necessary documents.
AMR does not extend to New Zealand occupational registrations and licences. The existing Trans-Tasman mutual recognition arrangements continue to apply – complete the form below attaching the necessary documents.
Fees for accreditations
There is credit card payment fee of 0.4%.
- The application fee for a new accreditation is $504. An additional fee of $252 applies if the application is complex and is referred to the Radiation Advisory Council.
- The fee for a 1 year renewal is $378.
- The fee for a simple variation to an accreditation is $126. An additional fee of $252 applies to non-standard (complex) applications that are referred to the Radiation Advisory Council.
The applications process usually takes seven working days.
For any enquiries please contact the Regulatory and Compliance Support Unit on 9995 5700 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accredited radiation security assessors
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Application for accreditation - radiation security assessor
Use this form if you are seeking to be accredited by the EPA as a radiation security assessor, to:
- review security plans or amended security plans to assess whether the plans are made or amended in accordance with section 14 of the Radiation Control Act 1990 (the Act)
- endorse on security plans that the plan, or plan as amended, satisfies the requirements of section 14 of the Act.
To find out more about security of sealed radioactive sources and Radiation Security Assessor accreditation:
- see our page on sealed radioactive sources
- call the EPA on 02 9995 5700