Radiation protection

Radiation protection

The Radiation Protection Act 2005 (the Act) and the Radiation Protection Regulations 2016 (the Regulations) were introduced to promote the safe use of radiation sources and to protect people and environment from the harmful effects of radiation.

This is achieved through licensing and the activities of the Director of Public Health Services, Radiation Advisory Council and Radiation Protection Unit who work closely to provide protection from the health risks associated with ionising and non-ionising radiation.

The Act is administered by Radiation Protection Unit (RPU) of Department of Health (DoH).

Radiation licensing

To deal with a radiation source (X-ray, Class 3B or Class 4 laser, IPL used for cosmetic purposes, MRI/NMR unit or sealed and unsealed radioactive material) in Tasmania you need a licence issued under the Act. The Act specifies ‘dealings’ such as, use, possess, store, acquire, dispose, sell, service, repair, install, transport and manufacture a radiation source.

It is an offence to deal with a radiation source other than in accordance with a licence (S13 the Act).

Applications for a licence under the Act 2005 are assessed by looking at the:

  • compliance of a radiation source against the following approved safety standards;
    • x-ray equipment
    • lasers
    • equipment containing sealed radioactive material
  • training and skills of people wishing to use the radiation source and;
  • compliance of the place against approved Standards for places.

Apply for a new licence or amend a licence >

Apply for new licence

To apply for a new licence you should:

Note applications under the Mutual Recognition Act (if you hold an equivalent licence in other parts of Australia or New Zealand) can be made. Please read the guidance information and submit a completed statutory declaration form together with the appropriate application for licence form.

Amend a licence

To add people or items to my existing licence:

  • Check with the supplier that the unit you wish to add complies with the relevant safety standard.
  • Check that the person you wish to add to your licence has the necessary training and qualifications to use the intended radiation source(s).

Complete and submit an application for amendment (available on the Forms page).

Change of Circumstances

If the names of any partners, directors, or phone numbers emails and business details have changed you need to notify the Radiation Protection Unit by submitting application for amendment there is no fee for this application (available on the Forms page).

Mutual recognition

If you hold a “radiation’ licence in another Australian jurisdiction, or New Zealand, you are may apply for an equivalent licence in Tasmania. To apply read the guidance information complete and submit the:

Register a place or make changes to a registered place >

Apply to register a place

To register a new place you should:

  • Contact an accredited person to discuss the design and other requirements required by the standard
  • Ensure that any building works incorporate the radiation safety features required by the standard
  • Obtain a certificate of compliance from the accredited person that demonstrates the place complies with the appropriate standard
  • Submit a copy of the certificate of compliance for the place together with an application form to register the place

Amend a registration for a place

If you are intending to change the:

  • type of radiation source that the place was registered for storage and/or use (e.g. replacing a BMD with a CT unit)  then you need to contact the Radiation Protection Unit and discuss the process.
  • Workload of the unit currently approved for that registered place (e.g. more procedures per four week period than specified on the registration certificate)
  • Structural layout of the registered place.

Then you need to contact the Radiation Protection Unit to discuss how to proceed.

Dispose of equipment >

Disposal of a radiation source requires approval prior to any disposal.  To seek approval for disposal complete and submit an application for amendment (see Forms page).

Up to five domestic smoke alarms containing Am241 may be disposed of safely in household rubbish per week.

Compliance testing >

Existing equipment

Ongoing compliance is assured by having an accredited person test and re- certify a radiation source.

It is the licence holder’s responsibility to have the radiation sources they use periodically tested and certified.  The certification period is given in Regulation 6 of the Radiation Protection Regulations 2016.

A letter reminding the licence holder to have their radiation source tested and certified is sent approximately eight weeks before the current certification expires.

A radiation source must not be used unless it has a current certificate of compliance.

To arrange testing and certification contact one of the accredited testers.


In the case of a new radiation source, obtained from a supplier who holds a Tasmanian radiation licence, a certificate of compliance may be issued by the licensed supplier without the need for further testing once the new radiation source has been authorised for possession, acquisition and storage in Tasmania.



If you are having trouble locating information or a resource, please contact us:

Phone: (03) 6166 7256 or radiation.protection@health.tas.gov.au