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Radiation Health and Safety Advisory Council (RHSAC)

Call for nominations: membership of the Radiation Health and Safety Advisory Council

The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) is seeking nominations for nine part-time members to join its peak advisory body, the Radiation Health and Safety Advisory Council (RHSAC). Member terms are for the 2018–2020 triennium.


ARPANSA is the Australian Government’s primary authority on radiation protection and nuclear safety. Its purpose is to protect the Australian people and the environment from the harmful effects of radiation, through understanding risks, best practice regulation, research, policy, services, partnerships and engaging with the community.

The RHSAC is established under the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Act 1998 (the Act) to advise the CEO of ARPANSA. Section 20 of the Act outlines the function of RHSAC as to identify emerging issues, examine matters of major concern to the community, and consider the adoption of recommendations, policies codes and standards. RHSAC gives advice or reports to the CEO of ARPANSA on these and other matters at the CEO’s request or as RHSAC considers appropriate.

RHSAC typically meets for two days, three times a year, with working groups collaborating on key issues between meetings. ARPANSA meets the cost of sitting fees, travel and accommodation of Council members in accordance with determinations of the Australian Government Remuneration Tribunal.

The Minister with responsibility for ARPANSA appoints RHSAC members pursuant to subsection 21(2) of the Act and Section 13 of the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Regulations 1999.

Selection Criteria

RHSAC seeks to appoint eight members who will actively contribute to its functions; and one member who will actively contribute to its functions by representing the interests of the general public.

We’re encouraging suitably qualified people with an understanding of radiation and nuclear issues to apply, including those with backgrounds in related areas including:

  • community advocacy
  • communication
  • engineering
  • environmental assessment
  • epidemiology
  • health economics
  • industrial or safety related regulation
  • law
  • medical practice
  • nuclear safety and security
  • public health
  • risk management
  • sciences
  • waste management

Applicants should also make themselves familiar with the Roles and expectations for advisory bodies.

The Australian Government has a target of women holding 50 per cent of Government board positions overall, and men and women each holding at least 40 per cent of positions on individual boards. ARPANSA supports this target for its advisory bodies including the RHSAC.


Before appointment, all successful applicants to RHSAC must:

  • undergo a police check and obtain a baseline security clearance
  • be a citizen or permanent resident of Australia
  • provide 100 points of identification
  • sign a confidentiality agreement
  • give written notice (by filling out a form) to the CEO of all interests, pecuniary or otherwise, that could conflict with the proper performance of the Members’ functions
  • 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. Nominations should be emailed to the RHSAC secretariat prior to Tuesday, 31 October 2017.

Secretariat email:  councilatarpansa.gov.au

For further information, contact:

James Wheaton

+61 03 9433 2453

Current membership of RHSAC

The appointed members are:

  • Dr Roger Allison, Executive Director Cancer Care Services, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
  • Dr Carl-Magnus Larsson
Person to represent the interests of the general public
  • Ms Geraldine Robertson, an experienced consumer advocate with a working knowledge of the consumer-related radiation protection issues addressed by RHSAC.
    (Contact the RHSAC public representative)
Radiation Control Officers
(as nominated by the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council)
  • Mr Keith Baldry, Director, Regulation and Compliance, Environment Protection Authority of South Australia
  • Mr Simon Critchley, Director, Radiation Health, Queensland Department of Health
Representative of the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory
  • Dr Hugh Heggie, Chief Health Officer, Clinical Support, Education and Public Health Services Division, NT Department of Health
Other members
  • Mr Niall Byrne, Creative Director of Science in Public
  • Dr Jane Canestra, Medical practitioner and emergency physician with expertise in the health aspects of radiological emergencies
  • Prof Adele Green, Head, Cancer and Population Studies Group, Queensland Institute of Medical Research
  • Mr Frank Harris, Chief Adviser Radiation Governance and Product Stewardship, Rio Tinto Uranium
  • Ms Melissa Holzberger, Director and Principal – Sloan Holzberger Lawyers
  • Prof Pamela Sykes, Professor Preventive Cancer Biology, Flinders University, South Australia
  • Dr Melanie Taylor, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Health Research, University of Western Sydney