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Radiation user licence - conditions

A radiation user licence may have one or more conditions attached to it. These conditions are determined by the work proposed under the licence, as well as the qualifications and experience the applicant must have to be eligible to be granted a user licence. Licence conditions form part of the licence and must be adhered to by the licensee.

Licences have been categorised into commonly performed types of work such as analytical, dental, medical radiation therapy, and scientific and research. Within each broad category, conditions have been applied to specific work and given a unique number. The letters 'IA' prefix all user licence conditions that relate to radiation apparatus, while an 'S' is used for licence conditions relating to radioactive substances and sealed source devices containing radioactive substances.

The relevant work categories and the desired condition code/s for each criterion is shown in the user licence criteria  page. 

Revision of radiation user licences  

In 2014-15 the EPA in consultation with the Radiation Advisory Council reviewed all radiation user licence conditions. Draft conditions were prepared and sent to licensees in December 2015 for comment.The EPA has reviewed all comments received and where appropriate further amendments have been made.

The key changes made to radiation user licences include:

  • development of ‘new’ general conditions of licence to better clarify the obligations expected from licensees.
  • amendments to the wording of existing licence conditions to ensure consistency and relevancy.
  • embedding of the supervision condition, formerly known as the G1 condition (i.e. where a licensee may provide supervision to a person who has been granted an exemption under clause 10 of the Regulation) into all relevant conditions of licence. Previously the G1 condition was a separate condition of licence.
  • removal of condition ED3 which provided the licensee the ability to exempt postgraduate students in university from the need to hold a licence to ‘use’ because it duplicated the provisions of condition ED2  (postgraduates).
  • removing reference to the Professional Development Year (PDY) from all relevant conditions and replacing it with reference to Supervised Practice Program (SPP) currently used by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
  • removing the need for licensees working under the SPP from the need to apply for a full licence at the completion of their training by incorporation the SPP licence condition into the corresponding full licence. Thus simplifying the transition into the full licence as licensees will no longer have to apply for a variation to their licence at the completion of their training.
  • creation of new conditions of licence for:
    • Radiation Safety Officers (IA18/S18)
    • Medical physicists who use radiation apparatus/radioactive substances for nuclear medicine or therapy treatment while employed as a medical physicist (non ACPSEM accredited – IA17/S17)
    • Licensees who use radioactive substances that are produced in a cyclotron for medical and scientific purposes (S28) - only for licensees who hold and IA47 licence condition.

Most licensees who were identified in one of the above categories and who previously held the broader IA8/S8 condition of licence (use radiation apparatus or radioactive substances for scientific and research purposes) were automatically transitioned into one of the new condition mentioned above. If you think your licence should be changed to one of the above please contact the EPA.

  • removal of conditions of licence no longer relevant or required.
  • updating or removing references to codes of practice referred to in licence conditions that have been either revoked, updated or superseded.
  • updating all references to relevant provisions of the Radiation Control Act 1990 or the Radiation Control Regulation 2013 to accommodate recent amendments.

Licence exemptions and supervision

Exemptions

The Radiation Control Regulation 2013external linkallows certain people such as students, to be exempted from having a licence to use regulated material. These exemptions can be granted by someone in an organisation whose licence to use contains the ‘General Approval to Exempt from Licensing condition (GE1)’.

Supervision

Anyone who is exempted from holding a licence needs to be supervised by an appropriately qualified licence holder whose licence contains a condition allowing them to do so. Some licences automatically include this General supervision (G1) condition which allows the licensee to supervise a certain group of people.

Page last updated: 08 December 2016