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A safe radiation environment for the Australian community.
The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) is the Australian Government’s primary authority on radiation protection and nuclear safety. Our purpose is to protect the Australian people and the environment from the harmful effects of radiation, through understanding risks, best practice regulation, research, policy, services, partnerships and engaging with the community.
Established by the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Act 1998 (ARPANS Act), ARPANSA commenced operations on 5 February 1999. ARPANSA replaced the Nuclear Safety Bureau and the Australian Radiation Laboratory.
Responsible ministers and portfolio
ARPANSA sits within the Department of Health portfolio. The CEO, Dr Carl-Magnus Larsson, is the accountable authority of ARPANSA.
As at 30 June 2020, portfolio responsibility for ARPANSA sat with the Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians, Minister for Youth and Sport.
ARPANSA has a single outcome as set out in the Portfolio Budget Statement:
Protection of people and the environment through radiation protection and nuclear safety research, policy, advice, codes, standards, services and regulation.
As at 30 June 2020, ARPANSA had 123 ongoing staff, 11 non-ongoing staff and one statutory appointment.
ARPANSA has offices in Victoria (Yallambie) and New South Wales (Miranda). Eighty-three per cent of staff are located in the Victorian office.