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Industrial gauging Possession Licence

The possession of radiation sources is regulated under the Radiation Safety Act 1999 to minimise the risks associated with radiation.

Industrial radiography sources include:

  • industrial X-ray gauges
  • enclosed radiation apparatus
  • sealed radioactive substances in an industrial gauge.

Know which form you need?

This page contains the following Industrial gauging Possession Licence application form:

Who needs this licence?

You will need a Possession Licence if you seek have the overall ownership and control of an industrial gauging source. This licence is needed before a radiation practice can be carried out, including acquiring a radiation source.

You can apply for a Possession Licence as a corporation or as an individual.

Industrial gauging businesses commonly possess radiation sources for purposes, which include:

  • continuous measurements
  • discrete measurements
  • instream analysis
  • determination of material density
  • determination of material thickness
  • industrial sorting.

Industrial gauging businesses will need:

  • Business licences—a person needs to hold a Possession Licence for the radiation source to take overall ownership and control of it.
  • Radiation source approvals—each time before a radiation source can be purchased or otherwise obtained, the Possession Licensee will need to apply for an Approval to Acquire the radiation source. This is to ensure proper safety measures are in place and to ensure all radiation sources are accounted for.

Responsibilities of a Possession Licensee

As part of your responsibilities as the Possession Licensee you need to:

You are required to comply with Radiation Safety Act 1999.

Relevant radiation protection codes and documents:

Manage industrial radiography premises

As a Possession Licensee, you will need to ensure that the premises where radiation sources are used or stored are compliant with the relevant safety standards. These standards set out the minimum radiation facility safety requirements as part of the health and safety requirements of the Radiation Safety Act 1999.

Compliance assessment of radiation sources and premises

Use the services of an Accredited Person (Equipment and Premises Compliance Tester) to assess if your radiation sources and premises are compliant with the relevant safety standards. Reassessment needs to occur periodically to verify continued compliance with the safety standards as per the legislation and your Plan.

You can search the public register for a list of individuals who are able to assess if your radiation source and premises comply with the relevant safety standard.

Apply for an industrial gauging Possession Licence

Application for a licence to possess a radiation source (PDF 902 kB)

Use this form if you seek to have the overall ownership and control of an industrial gauging radiation source.

You can apply for a licence to possess radiation equipment for industrial gauging purposes as a corporation or an individual.

Your application needs to include:

Licence duration

A Possession Licence can be for 1, 2 or 3 years.

Renewal applications can be made 60 days before your licence expires. You will be sent a reminder and renewal application form before your licence expires.


You will need to pay a licence fee. If you do not hold a current licence you will also need to pay an application fee.

See Schedule of fees to determine the fee you will need to pay. Your form will only be considered a complete application once payment has been made.

Last updated: 15 June 2022