Use Licence - Radiation Sources - Victoria

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to use, handle or manipulate radiation sources such as radioactive substances or radiation apparatus. Radiation sources include:

  • radioactive material
  • ionising and non-ionising radiation apparatus (tanning units exempt)
  • sealed source apparatus.

Typical occupations that may require this licence include, but are not limited to:

  • veterinarians
  • chiropractors
  • dentists
  • general medical practitioners
  • medical specialists
  • nurses (working in remote areas)
  • nuclear medicine physicians
  • radiographers (medical / industrial)
  • scientists
  • researchers
  • service engineers
  • borehole loggers
  • technologists
  • tertiary lecturers
  • operators of solariums or tanning units (unless exempted).

A use licence will have conditions defining the types of radiation sources that are permitted to be used.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

Licences to use radiation apparatus or radioactive substances can only be issued to individuals (natural persons). To be eligible for this licence you must:

  • submit an application on the approved form
  • show proof of the appropriate qualifications and experience
  • provide any documentation as required by the Agency
  • pay any required fees.

All operators must maintain registration with their respective practitioner registration boards, where relevant.


One to three years.



Fees for 2016-17.


One year. Fees for 2016-17.


Two years. Fees for 2016-17.


Three years. Fees for 2016-17.



Your application will need to include the application form and accompanying documentation that is relevant to the radiation source use. Please consult the Agency and their website for further details.



Please lodge your full application directly with the Agency.

Administering agency

Department of Health and Human Services
Radiation Advisory Committee

Act(s) name

Radiation Act 2005 (Victoria)

Regulation(s) name

Radiation Regulations 2007 (Victoria)

Contact details

Registration and Licensing
Department of Health and Human Services
Radiation Advisory Committee


1300 767 469


1300 769 274

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