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Radiation Health - Transport licence information

Under section 14 of the Radiation Safety Act 1999, a licence must be held by persons who wish to transport radioactive substances, unless:

  1. the radioactive substance is enclosed in an excepted package as defined in ARPANSA Code of Practice for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material 2008;
    or
  2. the substance is a sealed radioactive substance incorporated in a sealed source apparatus and is transported by a person who is licensed to use the apparatus to carry out one of the following practices:

    (a) borehole logging
    (b) density-gauging, or moisture-gauging, for geo-technical purposes
    (c) industrial radiography

All persons transporting radioactive substances are subject to the condition that they comply with the ARPANSA Code of Practice for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material 2008. This Code requires that a radiation protection programme be established for the transport of radioactive material by the person or organisation undertaking the carriage of radioactive material (ie. the carrier). The programme must contain the systematic arrangements that are in place to ensure adequate consideration of radiation protection measures.

Radiation Health has prepared a radiation protection programme for adoption by carriers of radioactive material so that they satisfy this requirement. Link to the radiation protection programme:

It is a legislated requirement that all carriers comply with this programme. If a licensee wishes to use a different programme, they must formally apply to the Director-General of the Department of Health (chief executive).

Further information on the legislated requirements regarding the transport of radioactive substances may be found in the following information sheet:

To apply for a licence, the following steps should be followed:

Step 1

Download and complete one of the following application forms.

Note: Form 9F is intended to be used by the majority of individuals seeking licences to transport packaged radioactive substances by road.  This form should not be used by persons intending to transport fissile material or security enhanced sources.   This application is intended for electronic completion to facilitate fast-tracking of applications.

If Form 9F cannot be completed using the selections available within the form, Form 9 must be used.

Step 2

Submit the completed application form, with verification of qualifications and experience as requested by the application form, to Radiation Health. The prescribed fee must accompany the application.

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Last updated: 30 April 2015