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Radiation use licence for dental purposes

Any person who uses dental radiation apparatus (laser apparatus or X-ray equipment) for dental purposes must hold a use licence issued under the Radiation Safety Act 1999. This includes:

  • registered dentists
  • registered oral health therapists
  • registered dental therapists
  • registered dental hygienists
  • dental assistants
  • student dental assistants
  • student dental practitioners.

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

Prescribed licensees

Dentists registered by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency are not required to apply for a licence, issued under the Radiation Safety Act 1999, to use intra-oral dental radiation apparatus to carry out intra-oral dental plain radiography. Such dentists are 'prescribed licensees' for the purposes of the Act and are required to comply with the Code of Practice for Radiation Protection in Dentistry (2005) published by ARPANSA.

Fast track application

Form 6 is designed to be a 'fast-track' option that suits most applicants. 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.

Student dental practitioners and student dental assistants must provide:

  • evidence of satisfactory progression in an approved course in dental radiography including a statement from the educational institution that the theoretical radiation aspects of the course have been covered and understood by the student
  • a letter from the educational institution showing that the applicant is currently enrolled in an approved course of study and that the licence is required to allow the applicant to undertake clinical training aspects of the course.

Form 6: Application for a Licence to Use Radiation Apparatus for Dental Purposes (PDF 1385 kB)

Standard application

Complete Form 2 if you:

  • can't complete the form using the available selections in Form 6

Form 2: Application for a Licence to Use a Radiation Source (PDF 1551 kB)

Submit your application

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

Submit to Radiation Health:

  • completed application form, signed and dated
  • certified copies of your qualifications or training
  • if applicable, evidence of professional registration
  • certified copies of your proof of identity documents
  • prescribed fee.

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.

Last updated: 2 August 2019