- About Regulatory Services
- Information For Licence Applicants
- Information For Licence Holders
- Regulatory Guides
- Regulatory Forms
- ANSTO Return of Waste Application
- Security of Radiological Material
- Commitment to Good Regulatory Practice
- Licence Holder Forums
- Import and Export Permit Applications
- Research Reactors
- National Uniformity
- International Collaboration
- Our Relationship with State and Territory Regulators
- Regulatory Notice Board
- Inspection Reports
- Transport of Radioactive Material
- IAEA IRRS Mission Reports
- Codes and Standards
- A Holistic Approach to Safety
Australia currently has two research reactors located at the Lucas Heights Science and Technology Centre in Sydney. The only reactor in operation is the OPAL reactor. The other reactor, HIFAR, is permanently shutdown and in preparation for final decommissioning.
The OPAL (Open Pool Australian Lightwater) reactor is a 20 Megawatt water cooled research reactor authorised to operate under a facility licence issued by ARPANSA in July 2006. Further information can be found on our OPAL reactor webpage.
HIFAR is a 10 Megawatt research reactor that commenced operation in 1958. It was officially shutdown on 30 January 2007 with the spent fuel and heavy water since being removed. A facility licence to possess or control HIFAR was issued by ARPANSA in September 2008. This is the first step in the regulatory process leading to the eventual decommissioning of the reactor.
Further information can be found on our HIFAR reactor webpage.
A third reactor, MOATA, was a 100 kilowatt research reactor that operated for 34 years from 1961 to 1995. A facility licence to possess, control and decommission MOATA was issued by ARPANSA in May 2001. Preliminary dismantling was completed in July 2009. Approval to dismantle the biological shield was granted in January 2010. The decommissioning work and site restoration was completed and an application to surrender the facility licence was made by ANSTO at the end of November 2010. ARPANSA conducted a final inspection of the building on 12 April 2011 and approved the surrender of the licence in May 2011.
The MOATA facility licence was surrendered in June 2011 and the building that housed it is no longer under regulatory control.
Further information about the MOATA reactor may be found on the ANSTO website.
Top of Page