Regulation & Licensing

Import and Export Permit Applications

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A permit issued by ARPANSA is required to import radioactive sources into Australia and to export high activity radioactive sources out of Australia.

Fee Structure

ARPANSA is increasing the processing fees for Custom Prohibited Import Permits issued under Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 in line with the Wage Price Index. The fee increases apply to import permits issued for both medical and non-medical radioisotopes.

ARPANSA will index permit fees annually on 1 July using the movement in the Wage Price Index.

The current fee structure is:

  Current Fee

New Fee
(effective 1 July 14)
Single shipment Permit - Standard $155.00 $160.00
Single Shipment - Urgent $258.00 $265.00
12 Month Permit $1,796.00 $1,848.00


Download the CEO's advice regarding increases in Medical and Non-Medical Permit Fees:
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See Payment of Invoices for information about how to pay fees.

Import of Non-medical Radioactive Substances

Under Regulation 4R of The Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956, a permit from the ARPANSA is required for the import of radioactive substances. Read the general information and fees page for more details.

To apply for a non-medical import permit, complete the appropriate application form:

For further information contact the Non-Medical Import Permits Officer on (02) 9541 8340.

Import of Medical Radioisotopes

A radioisotope is considered to be for medical use when it is intended to be:

  • administered to humans or used for any therapeutic procedure or purpose in any planned exposure of humans to ionising radiation
  • used in any in vitro medical diagnosis or test
  • used in research which is either directly or indirectly related towards medical diagnosis or therapy in humans.

Please note that sealed and unsealed radioactive sources that are used to calibrate instruments in medical practices and pathology laboratories are also included as medical radioisotopes for permit applications.

See Medical import permit details information for more information.

To apply for a medical import permit, complete the appropriate application form:

For further information contact the Medical Import Permits Officer on (03) 9433 2232.

Export of High Activity Radioactive Sources

Under Regulation 9AD of the Customs (Prohibited Exports) Regulations 1958, a permit from ARPANSA is required for the export of high activity radioactive sources. Read the general information and fees page for more details.

To apply for an export permit complete the application form:

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