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Apply for a radiation transport licence

All persons transporting radioactive substances by road, water, rail or air in Queensland must hold a transport licence issued under the Radiation Safety Act 1999.

Only an individual may hold a licence to transport radioactive substances by road. This is the person in charge of the vehicle.

A company or an individual may hold a licence authorising radioactive substances to be transported within Queensland by air, sea or rail.

A transport licence can be for 1, 2, or 3 years. Applications to renew your licence must be made before your current licence expires.

When a transport licence is not required

A transport licence is not required if the radioactive substance is being transported in accordance with the ARPANSA Code of Practice for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material 2014 (transport code), and:

  • the radioactive substance is enclosed in an excepted package as defined in transport code
    OR
  • the sealed source apparatus is being transported by a person who is licensed to use the apparatus for:
    • borehole logging
    • density-gauging, or moisture-gauging, for geo-technical purposes
    • industrial radiography.

Radiation protection program

Under the ARPANSA Code of Practice for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material 2014, individual or organisation transporting radioactive materials must establish a radiation protection program.

We have prepared a program that satisfies the Code requirements: Radiation Protection Programme for the Transport of Radioactive Materials (PDF 50 kB). It is a condition of licence that transport licensees comply with this program.

If you want to use a different program, you must formally apply to Queensland Health for approval. The proposed alternative program must cover the systematic arrangements in place to ensure adequate consideration of radiation protection measures.

Fast-track application

Form 9F (PDF 1262 kB) is the 'fast-track' option for a licence to transport packaged radioactive substances (excluding security enhanced sources) by road. This form should only be completed electronically; hand written applications will not be fast-tracked.

If your application is successful and you include all the required details, you should receive your licence within 10 business days.

Form 9F: Application for a licence to transport radioactive substances by road (PDF 1262 kB)

Standard application

Complete Form 9 (PDF 1481 kB) if you:

  • can’t complete the form using the selections in Form 9F
  • need a licence to transport by rail, sea or air
  • wish to transport fissile material or security enhanced sources.

Form 9: Application for a licence to transport radioactive substances (PDF 1481 kB)

How to apply

Make sure you provide all of the requested details of your training and any prior experience. Otherwise your application will be delayed while we follow up the required information.

For your application to be successful:

  • answer all questions on the application form
  • sign and date the application form
  • provide evidence of your training (e.g. certificate for completing a transport training course)
  • provide a certified copy of your proof of identity documents
  • include the required fees, either credit card payment form or cheque/money order

For proof of identity documents, a ‘certified copy’ is a copy of an original document that has been certified by a justice of the peace, a commissioner for declarations, or a notary public.

Application and licence fees

Fees are updated on 1 October each year and are detailed on the application form. The application fee is not refunded if the application is unsuccessful.

Air, sea or rail transport

A company or individual can hold a licence authorising radioactive substances to be transported within Queensland by air, sea or rail.

If the licence is to be held by a company, the applicant will need to provide appropriate training to staff who will be involved in the transport radioactive substances. This training should include:

  • a direction to refer to the transport code
  • the responsibilities of the consignor and driver
  • consignments must be checked before they are accepted for transport
  • where and when radiation warning placards are to be placed on the vehicle
  • limitations on the packages which may be transported
  • how packages must be stored while in transit
  • procedures in the event of an accident or incident

The radiation protection program for corporate applicants must contain details of this training and must be submitted for assessment along with their licence applications.

Last updated: 26 July 2019