2013-14 Annual Report - Part 3.5: International engagement
Part 3: Report on Performance - 3.5 International engagement
ARPANSA's international engagement enhances the safe and secure use of radiation in Australia by ensuring that our national activities are based on international best practice in radiation protection and nuclear safety and radioactive material security.
ARPANSA administers several internationally binding and non-binding instruments on behalf of the Australian Government. It represents Australia on virtually all key United Nations international committees and commissions dealing with the regulation of nuclear safety (excluding nuclear power) and radiation protection, and holds positions on international organisations recognised worldwide as setting the fundamentals of radiation.
ARPANSA pursues its international engagement objectives through a suite of interlocking and mutually reinforcing strategies, each of which contributes to Australia's safety, security and emergency preparedness.
The strategies and selected fora and activities within those strategies are summarised in Table 1.
Table 1: Key international forums and arrangements
|Strategy||Key international forums and arrangements|
|Participating in scientific networks and activities internationally||
International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP)
United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR)
International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP)
|Participating in regional and bilateral capability building activities||
Nuclear Energy Regulatory Agency of Indonesia (BAPETEN)
United Kingdom Public Health England (PHE)
|Contributing to and participating in respected international standards setting fora||
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
World Health Organization (WHO)
|Participating in international benchmarking and monitoring activities, such as international peer reviews||
Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO)
Integrated Regulatory Review Service Mission (IRRS)
|Working closely with other Australian Government agencies with roles in international safety and security||
International Atomic Engery Agency General Conference (IAEA GC)
IAEA International Conference on Nuclear Security: Enhancing Global Efforts
|* The Australian delegation comprised the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office, the Australian Science and Technology Organisation and the Australian Mission in Vienna.|
Detail of the forums we have attended over the financial year can be found in our Quarterly Reports on the ARPANSA website at: www.arpansa.gov.au/AboutUs/Corporate/quarterlyreports.cfm.