Licence to Operate or Use Radioactive Substances, Irradiating Apparatus or Electronic Products - Western Australia


You will need this licence to operate or use radioactive substances, irradiating apparatus or electronic products. Applications of this licence include:

  • medical, dental, chiropractic or veterinary diagnosis
  • medical or veterinary therapy
  • industrial
  • radioactive luminous devices
  • research
  • any other purposes approved by the Agency.

You will also need this licence to manufacture, store, transport, sell, possess, install, service, maintain, repair, or otherwise deal with radioactive substances, irradiating apparatus or electronic products.

A radioactive substance is a substance, including any article that has been manufactured or subjected to any artificial treatment or process, which contains more than the maximum prescribed concentration of any radioactive element.

An irradiating apparatus is any apparatus capable of producing ionising radiation of any prescribed type, or capable of accelerating atomic particles under any prescribed conditions (such as X-ray equipment).

An electronic product is a manufactured article that produces ionising, non-ionising, electro-magnetic or particulate radiation, or any sonic, infrasonic or ultrasonic wave. Prescribed electronic products requiring a licence are:

  • transilluminators
  • class 4 lasers
  • single pulsed class 3B lasers
  • class 3B lasers with average output power greater than 5 megawatts
  • sun tanning units.

Microwave ovens and class 1, class 2, class 3B (other than those specified above) or class 3R lasers are exempt from this licence.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

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 satisfy the authorising agency that you have the relevant qualifications, training and experience for the activities which you intend to undertake.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


1 or 3 years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $85.00

1 year

Apply Application All $170.00

3 years

Act(s) name

Radiation Safety Act 1975 Western Australia

Regulation(s) name

Radiation Safety (General) Regulations 1983 Western Australia

Additional information

You do not need this licence if you are a nurse or a medical, dental or veterinary practitioner and you are requesting someone else with a licence to undertake any diagnosis or therapy.

Administering agency

Radiological Council

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

The Secretary

Radiological Council

Western Australia
Mailing address: 189 Royal Street
East Perth, Western Australia 6004
Mailing address: LOCKED BAG 2006
Nedlands, Western Australia 6009
Phone: 08 9222 2000
Website: Radiological Council (Opens in new window)

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