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Use licence for medical practitioners

A medical practitioner who uses a radiation source (x-ray, radioactive substance, laser apparatus) for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes must hold a use licence issued under the Radiation Safety Act 1999.

Therapeutic purposes include surgical treatments and other uses of lasers in health-related practices that are undertaken to remedy or ameliorate medical conditions.

Applicants can include medical specialists and registrars in specialist fields.

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

Medical specialists

Medical specialists who are Fellows of certain Australian professional colleges may be recognised as having sufficient knowledge and skills in the safe use of radiation sources in their specialty areas.

Applicants must provide evidence that they:

  • have been admitted as a Fellow of their Australian professional college
  • are currently registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA) listing their specialty area
  • if applicable, provide evidence of training in radiation safety appropriate for practice type

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

Registrars in specialist fields

Certain medical specialty registrars are recognised as having sufficient theoretical and practical training oversight during their registrar program to ensure safe use of radiation apparatus in their specialty areas.

Applicants must provide:

  • verification of their employment as a registrar
  • evidence of their acceptance into the speciality training program
  • evidence of their current registration with AHPRA
  • if applicable, provide evidence of training in radiation safety appropriate for practice type

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

Other registered medical practitioners

Other applicants will be considered eligible if they submit:

  • evidence of their current registration with AHPRA
  • verification that they have satisfactorily completed a course in radiation safety appropriate for practice type
  • verification that they have demonstrated sufficient experience in the use of the radiation apparatus for the intended purpose if the practical experience has been acquired in another jurisdiction (e.g, verification from a colleague or a statement detailing the applicant's work history).

Submit your application

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

Make sure you provide all of the requested details of your 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
  • certified copies of your radiation safety training
  • evidence of professional registration
  • if applicable, evidence of acceptance into a specialist training program and employment as a registrar
  • 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: 26 July 2019