You will require one of these licences if you intend to operate a premise, or use, sell, repair, dispose of, possess, or take part in any other activity that deals with radioactive materials or sources.
A radiation source is a thing that emits or may emit radiation. It can be radioactive material or a radioactive apparatus.
Radioactive material is material that spontaneously emits ionising radiation as a consequence of nuclear transformations. A radiation apparatus is an apparatus that produces radiation when energised, or is, if assembled or repaired, capable of producing radiation when energised.
For example, radioactive sources are used by importers / exporters, hospitals, medical practitioners, pharmacists, research institutions, manufacturers, geological surveyors, universities and oil rigs.
If you require a licence to possess a radiation source then you will have to submit a Radiation Management Plan (RMP) with your licence application. The RMP should be brief, and may reference supporting safety documentation maintained by the licence holder.
If you require a licence to use a radiation source then it must be shown to be fit for purpose. This means that the radiation source must have a current certificate of compliance.
Please note, these licences must be obtained prior to your dealing with any radioactive material.
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.
A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.
To be eligible for this licence, you must satisfy the authorising Agency that you:
- Deal in radioactive sources;
- Have the relevant qualification, training and experience; and
- Understand and are willing to comply with the relevant legislation.
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.
For a period of 12 months. A certificate of accreditation - for the period specified in it. A certificate of registration - until the radiation source used or stored at the radiation place is no longer housed at that place.
Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.
Your application for a licence is to:
- Be made to the Director of Public Health in the approved form;
- Be accompanied by the documents and information stated in the approved form;
- Include further documents such as a Radiation Management Plan, examinations or information as required;
- Be accompanied by any prescribed fee; and
- Be accompanied by the following documents:
(i) for an application for a licence to use a radiation source, a current certificate of compliance for the radiation source to which the authority (licence) is to relate unless the Director of Public Health has previously sighted the certificate;
(ii) for an application for a licence to possess a radiation source to carry out a radiation practice, the proposed radiation management plan for the radiation practice;
(iii) for an application for a certificate of registration, a current certificate of compliance for the radiation place to which the authority (licence) is to relate unless the Director of Public Health has previously sighted the certificate of compliance.
You must also know and accept that the Director of Public Health may obtain a report from the Commissioner of Police or a government department, statutory authority or agency in regard to your application.
After you lodge your application, in determining your application for a licence, the authorising Agency may:
- Request advice from the Council on the application;
- Request a report on any matter concerning the application from the Commissioner of Police;
- Request a report on any matter concerning the application from any government department, statutory authority or other agency of Tasmania, another State, a Territory or the Commonwealth or any person;
- Require the applicant, by written notice, to allow an authorised officer to inspect:
(i) any premises where the radiation source is to be used, manufactured, sold, acquired, stored, installed, serviced, repaired, disposed of or otherwise dealt with;
(ii) any vehicle in which the radiation source is to be transported; and
(iii) any equipment or other thing in or on those premises or vehicle.
Department of Health and Human Services
Public Health Services
Radiation Protection Unit
Radiation Protection Act 2005 (Tasmania)
Radiation Protection Regulations 2016 (Tasmania)
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