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What we deliver

ARPANSA is the Australian Government’s primary authority on radiation protection and nuclear safety.

We are a:

Health advisor

We build and maintain expertise in the measurement of radiation and assessment of health impacts, including the assessment of risk and response to radiation incidents. We provide high-quality advice to the government and the community. We:

  • provide radiation health advice
  • deliver the Talk to a Scientist program
  • provide advice on emergency preparedness and response in the event of a radiological emergency
  • administer and maintain an ultraviolet radiation monitoring network
  • maintain nine monitoring stations (four in mainland Australia and a total of five in the Indian Ocean, Pacific and Antarctica) and operate a radionuclide laboratory under the Comprehensive Nuclear‑Test‑Ban Treaty
  • administer the Australian primary standard for absorbed dose.

Independent regulator

We are the independent regulator of Commonwealth entities that use or produce radiation. Using a risk-informed regulatory approach, we ensure that licensees take responsibility for protection of people and the environment from the harmful effects of radiation. We:

  • assess licence applications, issue authorisations and perform inspections
  • administer and maintain the Australian Radiation Incident Register
  • assess and issue import and export permits
  • assess transport plans and provide advice authorisations for transport of radioactive material
  • promote national uniformity in radiation protection policies and practices
  • work to achieve the security of radioactive material.

Service provider

We offer high-quality services for the purpose of protection against the harmful effects of radiation. These include:

  • ultraviolet radiation services
  • radioanalytical services
  • calibration of therapy dosimeters
  • the Radiofrequency Calibration Service
  • the Australian Clinical Dosimetry Service
  • the National Diagnostic Reference Level Service
  • the Personal Radiation Monitoring Service.

We also administer and maintain the Australian National Radiation Dose Register, and operate the largest radon chamber in Australia.