Approved Tester Licence - Radiation Sources - Victoria


You will need this licence if you intend to test radiation sources to issue certificates of compliance. Radiation sources include radioactive materials (including sealed sources), ionising and non-ionising radiation apparatus, and sealed source apparatus.

Approved testers have the necessary qualifications and experience to assess whether a radiation source complies with the relevant radiation safety standards. Testers are approved to cover general source types of:

  • general radiographic equipment
  • fluoroscopic equipment
  • mammographic equipment
  • computed tomographic equipment.

Radiation equipment to be tested includes:

  • diagnostic x-ray machines
  • baggage x-ray machines
  • CT and MRI scanners
  • surgical lasers
  • induction heaters in manufacturing industries
  • borehole logging apparatus
  • portable nuclear moisture/density gauges
  • industrial microwaves used for drying timber.

A tester licence will contain a schedule and conditions defining the types of radiation sources that are permitted to be tested and standards describing the safety and security of testing procedures.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence you must:

  • have attained the minimum required training, education and experience
  • hold a degree in physics or equivalent with significant components in the area of radiation physics
  • undertake an assessment conducted by the Department of Health or an external provider (this assessment will consist of a written and a practical examination).

Ongoing eligibility requirements

You must intend to comply with all conditions or requirements specified on the licence, including mandatory reporting requirements, relevant Codes of Practice, Standards, Guidelines or Rules.


One to three years


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Act(s) name

Radiation Act 2005 Victoria

Regulation(s) name

Radiation Regulations 2017 Victoria

Application process


Most applications are assessed and a decision made on issue of a licence within approximately 2 weeks of lodgement. You will be mailed an invoice once your application has been assessed. You must pay this invoice, and once the final approval has been given, you will be sent a Certificate. Until you receive this certificate, you are not authorised.

Lodgement process


Please lodge your application you must provide all qualifications obtained, accreditation certificates, certificates for relevant courses and any other supporting documents.

Additional information

You will need to notify the local registration authority if you intend to rely on automatic deemed registration (mutual recognition) to carry out activities that this licence permits.

Administering agency

Department of Health

Radiation Advisory Committee

Contact details

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