Acquiring a radiation source
A person can only acquire a radiation source if they have both a possession licence and an approval to acquire issued under the Radiation Safety Act 1999.This process ensures that the possession licensee has the necessary safety and risk management arrangements in place.
You can apply for:
- Approval to acquire a radiation apparatus (PDF 1132 kB), for example a laser apparatus or diagnostic X-ray unit.
- Approval to acquire a sealed radioactive substance (PDF 1137 kB), for example a Cs137 sealed radioactive substance in an industrial gauge.
- Approval to acquire an unsealed radioactive substance or iodine-125 seeds (PDF 1208 kB), for example:
- single acquisition of an unsealed radioactive substance for a single research project
- continuing acquisition of an unsealed radioactive substance for weekly delivery of a Tc99m generator used for diagnostic nuclear medicine
- continue acquisition of iodine 125 seeds with an activity of no more than 40MBq per seed to be used for brachytherapy.
How to apply
Make sure you provide all of the information requested in the instructions on the application form, otherwise your application will be delayed.
For your application to be successful:
- answer all questions on the application form
- sign and date the application form
- provide all information as requested in the instructions accompanying the application form
- include the required fees, either credit card payment form or cheque/money order, or evidence of BPoint payment.
Once an application is approved, the applicant immediately assumes legal responsibility for the source. It is expected that the commercial or other arrangement to obtain the source has already been settled subject to the approval to acquire being granted.
Approval for the acquisition of a radiation source lasts for 1 month, allowing time for the physical transfer of the source.
A continuing approval to acquire is valid for the term of the approval, which may be up to the expiry date of the applicant's possession licence.
If you decide not to proceed with acquiring the radiation source after the approval has been granted, you need to advise Radiation Health in writing as soon as possible.
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.
Purchasing equipment online
Be careful if purchasing X-ray equipment or laser apparatus over the internet. While this equipment may appear to be cheaper, it may:
- not meet the relevant radiation safety standard or relevant Australian or International Standard
- be hazardous
- not be approved for use.