Nuclear Safety Committee

The role of the Nuclear Safety Committee is to advise the CEO and the Council on matters relating to nuclear safety and the safety of controlled facilities, including developing and assessing the effectiveness of standards, codes, practices and procedures.

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Call for nominations – 2018-2020 triennium

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ARPANSA is currently seeking to appoint nine part-time members of the NSC for the triennium (2018-2020), pursuant to subsection 27(2) of the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Act 1998 and section 25 of the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Regulations 1999.

The NSC’s functions include:

  • advising the CEO and the Council on nuclear safety and the safety of controlled facilities[1]
  • reviewing and assessing the effectiveness of standards, codes, practices and procedures in relation to the safety of controlled facilities
  • developing detailed policies and draft publications for the promotion of uniform national standards in relation to safety of controlled facilities
  • reporting to the CEO on matters relating to nuclear safety and the safety of controlled facilities.

Selection criteria

ARPANSA is seeking to appoint eight members who will actively contribute to the NSC’s functions and possess knowledge, qualifications or industry experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • safety-related areas relevant to the nuclear sector
  • human and organisation factors in the nuclear sector and other areas
  • plant and process safety in major hazard facilities
  • other industrial or safety-related regulation or a related area.

ARPANSA is also seeking to appoint one member who will actively contribute to the NSC’s functions by representing the interests of the general public.

The NSC typically meets at ARPANSA’s Sydney office for one day, three times a year. Sitting fees, travel and accommodation costs are met by ARPANSA in accordance with the determinations of the Australian Government Remuneration Tribunal.

Applicants should also make themselves familiar the document ‘Roles and expectations for advisory bodies’.


If successful, applicants must comply with the following before formal appointment to the NSC can occur:

  • undergo a police check and obtain baseline security clearance
  • be a citizen or permanent resident of Australia
  • provide 100 points of identification
  • sign a confidentiality agreement
  • provide written notice to the CEO (by completing a form) of all interests, pecuniary or otherwise, the applicant has or acquires that could conflict with the proper performance of the applicant’s functions as a Member of the NSC
  • provide referees who can be contacted by phone.

How to apply

Persons wishing to nominate should forward their Curriculum Vitae detailing relevant experience for the role and state the position and committee name. Nominations should be emailed to the following address prior to the closing date Thursday 31 August 2017 to:

Chris Nickel, Secretariat -

Contact for more information: John Ward - +61 2 9541 8350.

Membership of the NSC

The members of the committee appointed for the 2015-2017 triennium are:


  • Dr Tamie Weaver (VIC), Technical Director - Hydrogeology, environmental resources management consultancy


  • Dr Carl-Magnus Larsson (Commonwealth)   

Radiation Health Committee representative:

  • Dr Peter Karamoskos (VIC) practising radiologist and nuclear medicine specialist

Local Government representative:

  • Mr Ian Drinnan (NSW) Principal Environmental Scientist, Sutherland Shire Council

Person to represent the interests of the general public:

  • Mr Christopher Tola (NSW) Grants Officer, local government authority
    (Contact the NSC public representative)

Other members:

  • Ms Kerrie Christian (NSW), metallurgist with background in governance, safety and reliability
  • Mr Tony Irwin (NSW), engineer with experience in nuclear power and research reactor operations; commissioning; training and regulatory interaction
  • Dr Rob Lee (ACT), human factors, systems safety and risk management expert with experience of aviation and other high technology industries
  • Mr Robert Lyon (QLD), nuclear safety expert, formerly with AECL & IAEA
  • Mr Don Macnab (NSW), former Director, Regulatory & Policy Branch, ARPANSA
  • Mr Peter Wilkinson (ACT), consultant in safety management and safety culture in hazardous industries


[1]  Controlled facilities includes nuclear installations (nuclear reactor, plant for preparing and storing fuel, nuclear waste storage and disposal facility or a facility for the production of radioisotopes) and other facilities prescribed by the CEO as a controlled facility. See section 13 of the Act.