2014-15 Annual Report - Appendix 1 Stakeholder Engagement

Appendix 1: Stakeholder Engagement
 

Table 9: Agreements with national stakeholders
Date Event
August 2014 Memorandum of Understanding with the Australian Antarctic Division
ARPANSA and the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the provision of maintenance and operational support by the AAD for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) monitoring facilities under ARPANSA control.
March 2015 ARPANSA – Australian Communications and Media Authority Memorandum of Understanding and joint statements
To make it easier for members of the public to understand how exposure to radiofrequency fields from telecommunications equipment is regulated, ARPANSA signed a MoU with the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) in March 2015. ARPANSA and the ACMA have also released joint statements on topics of public interest including smart meters, Wi-Fi, and mobile phone and NBN base stations. The ARPANSA/ACMA MoU and joint statements can be found at www.arpansa.gov.au/AboutUs/collaboration/acma.cfm.

 

Table 10: Agreements with international stakeholders
Date Event
July 2014 Memorandum of Understanding with Public Health England
ARPANSA and Public Health England signed a MoU for the exchange of technical information and cooperation in nuclear safety and radiation protection.
September 2014 Visit to Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation, United Arab Emirates
ARPANSA visited the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and delivered a presentation to UAE counterparts in radiotherapy and radiology on the Australian Clinical Dosimetry Service including its rationale, audit design, findings and recommendations to facilities, the pilot outcomes, and reasons for its success. ARPANSA signed an agreement for the exchange of technical information and cooperation in radiological and nuclear safety with FANR in September 2013.
November 2014 Memorandum of Understanding with Swedish Radiation Safety Authority
ARPANSA and Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM) signed a MoU for the exchange of information and personnel. Representatives from SSM visited ARPANSA in September 2014 to discuss future work programs.
November 2014 International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection Workshop on Radiofrequency Field Health Effects and Standards
International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), the Australian Centre for Electromagnetic Bioeffects Research and ARPANSA jointly hosted a Workshop on Radiofrequency (RF) Field Health Effects and Standards on 11 November 2014 at the University of Wollongong, Australia. This international workshop, open to the public, was aimed at discussing the latest evidence of health effects from exposure to RF fields and the implications to ICNIRP’s current plan in updating their high frequency guidelines. Details on the Workshop are available from:
www.icnirp.org/en/workshops/article/workshop-rf-2014.html.
December 2014 Visit from Nuclear Energy Regulatory Agency of the Republic of Indonesia
ARPANSA hosted a visit from the Chief Information Officer from Nuclear Energy Regulatory Agency (BAPETEN). During this visit a range of topics were discussed with ARPANSA experts, including general communications issues, setting up of regulatory structures, regulation of naturally occurring radioactive materials, remediation of legacy sites, transport and atmospheric modelling and emergency preparedness and monitoring of radiation in the environment.
ARPANSA signed an agreement for the exchange of technical information and cooperation in radiological and nuclear safety with BAPETEN in April 2012.
February 2015 Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization workshop
In cooperation with the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), as agreed in an Exchange of Letters, ARPANSA hosted a week long workshop for the Radionuclide Laboratories designated in the treaty to provide independent analyses of samples from the CTBTO International Monitoring System Division. The workshop was attended by 34 participants from 13 countries.
April 2015 Visit from Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority
ARPANSA hosted a visit from Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA) and signed a project work plan with the NRPA to further develop the ERICA Tool and Database and strengthen its suitability for Australian conditions. ERICA (Environmental Risk from Ionising Contaminants: Assessment and Management) is a software tool that enables the assessment of environmental impact of ionising radiation on biota and ecosystems. ARPANSA has an existing MoU with NRPA for the exchange of technical information and cooperation in nuclear safety and radiation protection that was signed in October 2013.
April 2015 International Commission of Radiological Protection Workshop – Uranium Mining
The International Commission of Radiological Protection Main Commission meeting was held in Sydney, Australia and included a Radiation Protection in Uranium Mining workshop that was supported by ARPANSA and the Minerals Council of Australia.
June 2015 Practical Arrangement – International Atomic Energy Agency
ARPANSA signed a practical arrangement with Director General Flory on Cooperation in the area of developing guidance material to support safety standards applicable to the uranium mining and processing industry. This arrangement was put in place in preparation for a workshop to be hosted jointly with the IAEA in Adelaide in October 2015.