Corporate Plan 2015‒19

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Introduction

As the accountable authority of the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA), I present the 2015-19 ARPANSA Corporate Plan, which covers the periods of 2015-16 to 2018-19, as required under paragraph 35(1)(b) of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.

I will report on progress in relation to this plan in my annual reports during the four year period covered by this plan, which will be published on ARPANSA's website, www.arpansa.gov.au.

The plan covers ARPANSA's performance measures, the outcomes for the Australian community and the environment, our commitments to service, and how progress in promoting the protection of people and the environment from the harmful effects of radiation will be monitored.

I look forward to working with ARPANSA's capable staff to deliver the services covered in this plan to the Australian community.

Carl-Magnus Larsson
CEO of ARPANSA

Purpose

Our Mission

The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) is the Australian Government's primary authority on radiation protection and nuclear safety. Our Mission is to protect the Australian people and the environment from the harmful effects of radiation, and our work is guided by the vision statements outlined below.

Our Mission and visions

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Environment

About ARPANSA

ARPANSA aims to protect the Australian people and the environment from the harmful effects of radiation. It applies national and international standards and guidance to promote national uniformity in radiation protection; regulates the use of radiation sources, facilities and nuclear installations controlled by Australian Government agencies; and promotes public awareness of the harmful effects of radiation. The remit includes protection from ionising radiation¹ occurring naturally in the environment (e.g. cosmic rays, radiation from uranium in bedrock, and radon in the air) or emitted from man-made sources (e.g. X-rays and radioactive substances produced during and for research, medical or industrial applications). It also includes protection from non-ionising radiation² from man-made sources and natural sources such as solar ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

Our regulatory role is implemented through the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Act 1998 (the Act) and our regulatory and advisory frameworks are based on monitoring of levels of radiation in the environment and scientific evidence regarding the effects of radiation on human and environmental health and wellbeing.

ARPANSA is prescribed as a non-corporate Commonwealth entity under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act), within the Health portfolio, and operates under the Public Service Act 1999.

With around 130 employees we operate out of three offices, located in Yallambie (VIC) with about 100 employees; Miranda (NSW) with about 25 employees; and Barton (ACT) with 5 employees.

We are committed to the APS Values and Code of Conduct, being impartial, committed to service, accountable, respectful and ethical in our delivery of radiation protection and nuclear safety to the Australian community.

Details on our organisational structure can be found at www.arpansa.gov.au/AboutUs/structure.cfm.

Our Operating Environment

A number of external factors influence ARPANSA's operating environment and shape its strategic objectives and the way it delivers its services.

Protection of Society and the Environment

Our core mission will always underpin our strategic objectives and will frame the priorities for the protection strategies with which we engage and collaborate with our stakeholders, and for how we deliver our services. Our key areas of focus include, but are not limited to:

  • uses of radiation in diagnostic and therapeutic techniques in medicine
  • naturally occurring sources of radiation, such as radon gas and residual products from industrial activities such as mining
  • radiation sources, radiation facilities and nuclear installations that are subject to regulation, including waste generated from their operations
  • ultraviolet radiation from the sun and artificial sources
  • electromagnetic radiation – where the rapid increase in use of such technologies has led to significant concern among some groups about potential health effects of exposure to this type of radiation
  • prevention of accidents and acts with malicious intent, and maintaining capability to respond to such events should they occur.

International Best Practice

Consistent with the requirements of the Act and aligned with the Australian Government's policy to implement trusted international standards where possible, ARPANSA continues to identify and implement international best practice in radiation protection and nuclear safety to achieve effective regulatory outcomes. This includes working with the state and territory regulators to develop and review policies, codes and standards.

Through ARPANSA's participation in international scientific and regulatory fora, Australia plays an important role in establishing closer international cooperation and joint understanding on radiation protection and nuclear safety and security issues. These fora include those coordinated by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) and the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR). Our involvement in all these activities ensures that international best practice is integrated into our advice and services, and into the Australian regulatory environment.

ARPANSA also administers or contributes significantly to Australia's obligations under international conventions and treaties relating to nuclear safety and security. ARPANSA is the designated Australian Competent Authority under the international conventions relating to early notification and assistance in a nuclear or radiological emergency, and leads periodic reporting under the terms of conventions on nuclear safety and waste safety. ARPANSA supports Australia's nuclear non-proliferation objectives and obligations under the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty through the maintenance of systems to detect clandestine testing of nuclear weapons.

Government

ARPANSA is expected to meet the Australian Government's commitment to reduce the cost of unnecessary or inefficient regulation, while maintaining and as necessary enhancing, protection of the health and safety of people and of the environment.

ARPANSA will continue to improve the efficiency with which it delivers its regulatory functions. ARPANSA strives to avoid unnecessary intervention in the operations of regulated entities and take action proportionate to the radiation risks being managed. While the goal is effective management of radiation risks in industry, medicine and research, and in society and the environment more broadly, regulation will not unduly limit the beneficial use of radiation for justified purposes.

In response to the Australian Government's Regulatory Performance Framework, ARPANSA will regularly undertake self-assessments against a number of key performance indicators and report publically on the outcomes of their efforts to administer regulation fairly, effectively and efficiently.

The Government's Energy White Paper is technology neutral with regard to future electricity generation in Australia. The potential expansion of nuclear fuel cycle activities and facilities, including power reactors, is under discussion through the establishment by the South Australian Government of a Royal Commission to look into such matters. This occurs at the same time as plans for a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility are advancing, which will ultimately require a decision by ARPANSA on licensing of such a facility. Thus, it can be expected that ARPANSA will be heavily involved in matters that relate to mining, fuel cycle facilities and waste management facilities over the coming few years.

National Uniformity

One of the functions of the CEO of ARPANSA is to promote uniformity of radiation protection and nuclear safety policy and practices across all jurisdictions. The CEO is assisted in this function by the Radiation Health and Safety Advisory Council (RHSAC), the Radiation Health Committee (RHC) and the Nuclear Safety Committee (NSC), all of which are established under the Act.

The RHC is established to advise the CEO and the RHSAC on matters relating to radiation protection, including formulating draft national policies, codes and standards for consideration by the Commonwealth, states and territories. The RHC includes representatives from each of the nine jurisdictions in Australia.

Cooperative relations between the states, territories and the Commonwealth will be crucial to ensuring nationally uniform radiation safety policies and practices are implemented, enabling radiation related business operation and the mobility of services across jurisdictions.

International and Regional Security and Emergency Response

ARPANSA provides support to the increased Australian focus on international and regional security. It oversees national processes to ensure facilities, sources, controlled apparatus and radioactive materials are maintained safely and securely so they do not fall into the hands of persons with malicious intent.

ARPANSA also participates in the national system for response to the release, or imminent threat of release, of radioactive materials into the environment, and for recovery should such releases occur. The intent is to maintain a radiation protection framework and response systems to ensure the adequate protection of the public, workers and the environment in the event of a radiological or nuclear emergency. It maintains search capabilities that can be rapidly deployed, and the capability of modelling dispersion and radiation doses from any event involving releases of radioactive substances both in Australia and internationally.

Use of Radiation in Medicine

Rapid growth in the use of radiation-based diagnostic imaging and therapy techniques has seen a corresponding increase in the population's radiation dose. From medical imaging alone, that dose – for the average Australian – exceeds the dose from all other sources of radiation exposure combined, including the contribution from natural background radiation. While the use of radiation-based techniques are vital in medicine, all procedures involving radiation exposure of patients must be justified so that the procedure is appropriate in relation to alternatives. The uses should also be optimised to ensure that procedures are implemented with the least dose (diagnostic imaging) or harm (therapy) to the patient necessary to achieve the health outcome.

ARPANSA undertakes research and provides services in protection of patients who require diagnostic imaging and radiation therapy. Research is also undertaken in the application of new modalities and technologies used in medicine, and to provide calibration services that are traceable to the Australian standard.

Performance

Objectives, Priorities and Measures

The Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Programme of the Portfolio Budget Statements describes the strategic objectives that ARPANSA will use to protect the Australian people and the environment from the harmful effects of radiation. The key outcomes for society, deliverables, and performance measures for each of the strategic objectives are outlined below.

Mission

Protection of people and the environment from the harmful effects of radiation

Programme

Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety

Strategic Objectives

1. Protect the public, workers, and the environment from radiation exposure

2. Promote radiological and nuclear safety and security, and emergency preparedness

3. Promote the safe and effective use of ionising radiation in medicine

4. Ensure effective and proportionate regulation and enforcement activities

 

The programme entails four key strategic objectives that guide our priorities and contribute to delivering radiation protection and nuclear safety outcomes to the Australian community, supported by whole-of-entity stakeholder engagement and enabling support functions.

1. Protect the public, workers and the environment from radiation exposure

Outcomes in society include:

Protection of people and the environment

  • improved community understanding of sources of radiation exposure and the associated health risks, enabling informed decision-making
  • reduced risks for harmful effects of ionising radiation without undue limitation of the beneficial use of radiation
  • reduced UV exposures, and control of lasers, resulting in lower rates of skin cancer and preventing eye damage, and
  • appropriate measures to address risks from electromagnetic radiation.

Protection of workers

  • understood exposure pathways and radiation effects in work environments and support for the safety of those environments.

     

    To protect the public from the harmful effects of radiation exposure, ARPANSA reviews and considers up-to-date scientific knowledge to inform its regulatory activities and to provide evidence-based expert advice to the Australian Government and community. In 2015-16, these activities will focus on the assessment of sources of, and exposures to, ionising radiation (naturally occurring as well as resulting from regulated and legacy activities), ultraviolet (UV) radiation, electromagnetic radiation (EMR); and associated health and environmental risks.

    In 2015-16, ARPANSA will continue to evaluate and monitor work environments to ensure workers are adequately protected and well informed about health risks from exposure to radiation. This includes providing a personal radiation monitoring service to assess worker exposure to ionising radiation, and maintenance and expansion of the Australian National Radiation Dose Register (ANRDR). Over the period 2015-19 ARPANSA will seek to expand the ANRDR beyond uranium mining to include occupationally exposed workers in other industries. The focus of expansion will include workers in the mineral sands mining and processing industry, applicable Commonwealth licence holders and airline operators.

     

    Deliverables

    Reference Point or Target 15-16

    Reference Point or Target 16-17

    Reference Point or Target 17-18

    Reference Point or Target 18-19

    Ensure appropriate strategies are in place to allow individuals and groups to make informed decisions about their risks from radiation exposure

    Adequate information is provided to individuals and groups

    Undertake assessments of worker exposure to ionising radiation

    Personal radiation monitoring services provided to enable effective monitoring of worker exposure

    Performance Measures

    Reference Point or Target 15-16

    Reference Point or Target 16-17

    Reference Point or Target 17-18

    Reference Point or Target 18-19

    Monitor radiation doses to uranium mining workers

    Annual reporting of trend in radiation doses received by workers compiled from Australian National Radiation Dose Register provides indicators of optimisation of radiation protection in the uranium mining industry

     

    2. Promote radiological and nuclear safety and security, and emergency preparedness

    Outcomes in society include:

    Radiological and nuclear safety and security

    • controlled facilities, apparatus, material, and other radioactive sources are maintained under safe and secure conditions and accounted for
    • up-to-date records of trans-boundary movements of radioactive sources, and

    Radiological and nuclear emergency preparedness and response

    • a national system for response to the release, or imminent threat of release, of radioactive substances into the environment, and for recovery should such releases occur
    • a radiation protection framework to ensure the adequate protection of public, workers and environment in the event of a radiological or nuclear emergency.

       

      ARPANSA will continue to develop its capabilities, and will support the Australian Government's and other entities' capabilities, to deal with nuclear and radiological incidents and emergencies. This will be achieved through the:

      • continued monitoring and control of radiological imports and exports across our borders
      • execution of ARPANSA's safety and security monitoring and compliance regime for regulated entities
      • training of radiation security advisors and emergency response personnel
      • establishment of a national network of radioanalytical laboratories
      • continued engagement in nuclear emergency response planning and exercises, both nationally and internationally.

      ARPANSA will continue to support a national approach to the secure management of radiological material with the management of a national sealed source register and a security incident reporting system, and lead the revision of national guidance on protective measures during nuclear and radiological emergencies.

      Deliverables

      Reference Point or Target 15-16

      Reference Point or Target 16-17

      Reference Point or Target 17-18

      Reference Point or Target 18-19

      Enhanced system for response to radiological and nuclear threats and events consistent with international guidance and best practice

      Effective integration of ARPANSA's Emergency Preparedness and Response Manual into national planning arrangements

      Performance Measures

      Reference Point or Target 15-16

      Reference Point or Target 16-17

      Reference Point or Target 17-18

      Reference Point or Target 18-19

      Ensure ARPANSA is tactically prepared for a radiological or nuclear incident

      Emergency preparedness & response systems for field, network and laboratory measurements, and information management and decision support systems are available, calibrated and tested

       

      3. Promote the safe and effective use of ionising radiation in medicine

      Outcomes in society include:

      Radiation Protection of the Patient

      • radiotherapy services that deliver the correct radiation exposure to the correct location and sparing other tissues
      • diagnostic imaging services that deliver clinically adequate images that beneficially affect patient management and are generated with lowest practicable dose
      • an effective national dialogue with stakeholders to ensure sound radiation protection of the patient, and
      • detailed understanding of the sources and population doses from medical procedures.

         

        In 2015-16, ARPANSA will continue to promote radiation protection of the patient through the safe and effective use of ionising radiation in diagnostic imaging. ARPANSA will continue to conduct surveys of radiation doses from computed tomography, nuclear medicine, mammography and interventional fluoroscopy that will either establish or develop Diagnostic Reference Levels for each of these disciplines. Diagnostic Reference Levels allow facilities to compare operating standards against their peers and international best practice.

        The four year Australian Clinical Dosimetry Service (ACDS) pilot programme has developed and delivered a national audit programme for radiotherapy facilities which ensures that patients undergoing radiation therapy are receiving the correct dose in their treatment. The ACDS has been funded to continue until December 2016. In 2015-16, the programme will engage with stakeholders and design an ongoing service incorporating a user contribution to the operational cost. The outcome desired by the end of 2016 is the delivery of an implemented and agreed model for a sustainable ACDS.

        ARPANSA will continue to provide traceable calibration services to ensure radiotherapy centres hold correct dose calibration standards.

        Deliverables

        Reference Point or Target 15-16

        Reference Point or Target 16-17

        Reference Point or Target 17-18

        Reference Point or Target 18-19

        Percentage of Australian Radiotherapy Providers participating in the national dosimetric auditing programme provided by the Australian Clinical Dosimetry Service

        >95%

        >80%¹

        >80%

        >80%

        Percentage of Australian Radiotherapy Providers covered by ARPANSA dose calibration services

        >70%

        >70%

        >70%

        >70%

        1. From 2016-17, a user contribution to the operational cost will be required from providers. This may lead to a reduction in the number of participating providers.

        4. Ensure effective and proportionate regulation and enforcement activities

        Outcomes in society include:

        Licensing, compliance and enforcement of Commonwealth entities

        • good safety and security culture amongst licensees
        • consistent implementation and application of radiation and nuclear safety and security principles by licence holders
        • licensed activities adequately monitored and not posing risks to people and the environment,
        • appropriate corrective actions to address non-compliance, and
        • transparency in regulatory decision making and compliance monitoring for licensees and other stakeholders.

        Regulatory systems and national uniformity

        • national leadership in the drive towards uniformity in radiation protection and nuclear safety
        • Australian regulatory systems that provide effective safety and security measures for people and the environment by taking into account international best practice.

           

          ARPANSA is committed to the effective and efficient regulation of radiation sources, radiation facilities and nuclear installations, as well as to the safe transport of radioactive material. In 2015-16, ARPANSA will continue to enhance its regulatory framework through implementation and continuous improvement of its new risk-informed regulatory delivery model. It will continue to regulate the use of radiation by Commonwealth entities through: licensing, inspection, monitoring, and enforcement when necessary.

          ARPANSA will also continue to enhance awareness of radiation risks and to promote good practice in radiation protection and nuclear safety. ARPANSA will, in collaboration with state and territory regulators, continue to develop the national regulatory framework including the National Directory for Radiation Protection, building upon international best practice to ensure effective, efficient and internationally harmonised regulation and enforcement activities. It will also coordinate and maintain the Australian Radiation Incident Register as a source of important information for regulatory activities. In 2015-16 ARPANSA will request the IAEA to conduct an Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) Mission by 2018.

          Deliverables

          Reference Point or Target 15-16

          Reference Point or Target 16-17

          Reference Point or Target 17-18

          Reference Point or Target 18-19

          Percentage of scheduled inspections performed on time for licensed Commonwealth radiation sources, facilities and nuclear installations

          >90%

          >90%

          >90%

          >90%

          Performance Measures

          Reference Point or Target 15-16

          Reference Point or Target 16-17

          Reference Point or Target 17-18

          Reference Point or Target 18-19

          The percentage of inspections at which non-compliance is not observed

          >90%

          >90%

          >90%

          >90%

          Number of holistic safety regulatory interventions embraced by licence holders

          10

          10

          10

          10

          Percentage of licence applications assessed within the time agreed with licence holder

          >90%

          >90%

          >90%

          >90%

           

          The Government's Regulator Performance Framework requires regulatory agencies to develop output or activity-based evidence metrics for each of six Key Performance Indicators (KPI) in the Framework. This should be a risk based regulatory regime based on active communication with the licence holder and with a compliance monitoring and enforcement system that does not unnecessarily impede the operation of regulated entities. ARPANSA has developed twelve evidence metrics to plan, measure and achieve its performance against the six KPI's as follows.

          Regulator Performance Framework KPIs

          ARPANSA's measures

          Regulators do not unnecessarily impede the efficient operation of regulated entities

          • Percentage of inspections conducted in accordance with established inspection schedule
          • Percentage of applications assessed within agreed licence holder expectations

          Communication with regulated entities is clear, targeted and effective

          • Percentage of stakeholder inspection feedback in which the positive outweighs the negative
          • Number of information sharing meetings with facility licence holders

          Actions undertaken by regulators are proportionate to the regulatory risk being managed

          • Ratio of performance deficiencies to non-compliances during inspections
          • Ratio of site visits (monitoring) to inspections at licensed facilities

          Compliance and monitoring approaches are streamlined and coordinated

          • Percentage of inspections of licence holders with a medium to high risk ranking
          • Percentage of time that actions are initiated within three months of the issuance of a performance deficiency

          Regulators are open and transparent in their dealings with regulated entities

          • Percentage of regulatory personnel time that is devoted to regulatory activities
          • Percentage of instances in which licence holders are consulted on the development of Guides, Codes and Standards

          Regulators actively contribute to the continuous improvement of regulatory frameworks

          • Number of improvements, identified through self-assessment or external reviews, that were implemented
          • Percentage of facility inspections in which expertise external to ARPANSA was utilised

           

          Capability

          Delivery against ARPANSA's strategic objectives is supported by effective engagement with our stakeholders and implementation of our enabling services and support, as outlined below.

          Stakeholder Engagement

          Enabling Services and Support

          Stakeholder component 1

          Government and external relations

          Enabling component 1

          Governance and stewardship

          Enabling component 2

          People

          Enabling component 3

          Infrastructure and technology

          S1: Parliamentary and Government relations

          S2: International relations

          S3: Communications and education

          E1.1 Corporate Governance

          E1.2 Financial management and procurement

          E1.3 Audit and assurance

          E1.4 Legal services

          E2.1 Employment framework

          E2.2 Workforce planning

          E2.3 Recruitment and retention

          E2.4 Workplace health and safety

          E2.5 Learning and Development

          E3.1 Enabling Infrastructure

          E3.2 Records and knowledge management

          E3.3 Information Technology

           

          ARPANSA's work is also guided by four strategies:

          • International Engagement Strategy FY2015-19
          • Communications Strategy FY2015-19
          • Research Strategy FY2015-19
          • Emergency Preparedness and Response Strategy FY2015-19

          and our Branch and Office plans that:

          • articulate the specific activities (how branches and offices will deliver to achieve the corporate outcomes and strategies outlined in this Corporate Plan
          • identify deliverable performance measures (performance indicators)
          • identify branch and office resource and budget allocations
          • provide direction for the development of section plans to create clear line-of-sight
          • identify branch or office conformance obligations
          • identify risks associated with the activities of the branches and offices.

          Workforce Planning

          Analysis of ARPANSA's staffing profile indicates the likelihood of significant key long-serving staff members leaving over the next few years.

          ARPANSA has addressed this issue in its workforce planning which has so far focused on identifying and responding to key succession planning vulnerabilities; particularly in difficult to fill specialist scientific/technical roles. Strategies utilised to date include shadowing, multiskilling, sourcing targeted learning and development and enhancing the quality of procedural and guidance documentation.

          Work will continue to instil a culture of workforce planning throughout entity planning and resourcing processes. Work will also continue to ensure that recruitment, learning and development and performance management will to the greatest extent possible ensure that ARPANSA's workforce is appropriate for its current and emerging needs and that the skills and knowledge of staff are fully developed and utilised.

          Stakeholder Engagement

          To manage government and stakeholder relations we provide open and timely communication and support to portfolio ministers and members of parliament. This includes support for parliamentary reviews, inquiries and activities. We seek on an annual basis to ensure that our advice is assessed as relevant and timely by the Assistant Minister for Health.

          We maintain stakeholder fora and arrange topical meetings and adopt an entity-wide approach to complaints and customer feedback. Our target for percentage customer satisfaction with our correspondence and advice is greater than 80%. To support this objective we are implementing a Customer Relations Management System progressively over the coming four years.

          We ensure our regional and international engagement enhances our capacity to shape the broader radiation protection and nuclear security and safety environment in which we operate. We continue to establish relationships with other appropriate organisations nationally and internationally and meet our commitments in collaborative agreements and memorandums of understanding. We focus our international relationships through active participation in key international fora.

          The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Regulations 1999 also provides that if a facility licence application relates to a nuclear installation, the CEO of ARPANSA must invite people and bodies to make submissions about the application, provide a period for making submissions, and provide procedures for making submissions. ARPANSA will continue to engage in community information sessions and call for public submissions on significant licence applications.

          Information and Communication Technology Capability

          In order to maintain and improve its Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability, three strategies have been identified for adoption. In the coming years ARPANSA will:

          • deliver reliable and fit-for-purpose Information Management services and ensure these services are scalable to respond to the ever-changing priorities of the entity
          • adopt cloud computing processes to provide a delivery model for enabling convenient, on demand network access to a shared pool of networks that can be rapidly released with minimal management effort, interaction or up-front investment
          • develop a Customer Relationship Management system as both a core business strategy and a technology platform to draw together the entity's capabilities in dealing with its stakeholders and their needs.

          Risk Oversight and Management

          ARPANSA is focused on reducing the risks in two major areas: the internal risks to the entity in terms of management, capability, delivery and reputation; and, the radiation risks to people and to the environment that ARPANSA manages on behalf of the Australian Government and community.

          The ARPANSA Risk Management Framework is based on the Australian Government's Risk Management Policy and is prepared in accordance with AS/NZS ISO:31000:2009 Risk Management - Principles and Guidelines. The Framework comprises a Risk Appetite Statement, Risk Management Methodology and Processes, and Risk Treatment Plans, and aims to assist managers and staff to assess the level and nature of risks and manage them accordingly.

          Risk management is an integral part of ARPANSA's Corporate Governance Framework and its business planning framework, including setting of performance targets for staff, it is also underpinned by relevant risk assessment processes. Strategic and key operational or project risks are reviewed quarterly by the Audit and Risk Committee and monitored by the Strategic Management Committee (SMC). The SMC comprises ARPANSA senior executive staff and two external members, and has been established to assist the CEO of ARPANSA with setting ARPANSA's strategic direction and performance monitoring mechanisms, to support administration of the Act and delivery on our commitments to government.

          Key Risk Management Strategies

          To see our risk methodology, corporate risks and how we are addressing the risks we face, please see the PDF iconARPANSA Strategic Risk Register 2013-14 on our website.

          Key Risk Management Strategies

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          Compliance with the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013

          This Corporate Plan adopts the following matters required under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (the PGPA Act) to be included in a Commonwealth entity's corporate plan.

          Item

          Topic

          Matters to be included

          1

          Introduction

          The following:
          (a) a statement that the plan is prepared pursuant to paragraph 35(1)(b) of the Act;
          (b) the reporting period for which the plan is prepared;
          (c) the reporting periods covered by the plan.

          2

          Purposes

          The purposes of the entity.

          3

          Environment

          The environment in which the entity will operate for each reporting period covered by the plan.

          4

          Performance

          For each reporting period covered by the plan, a summary of:
          (a) how the entity will achieve the entity's purposes; and
          (b) how any subsidiary of the entity will contribute to achieving the entity's purposes; and
          (c) how the entity's performance will be measured and assessed in achieving the entity's purposes, including any measures, targets and assessments that will be used to measure and assess the entity's performance for the purposes of preparing the entity's annual performance statements for the reporting period.

          5

          Capability

          The key strategies and plans that the entity will implement in each reporting period covered by the plan to achieve the entity's purposes.

          6

          Risk oversight and arrangements

          A summary of the risk oversight and management systems of the entity for each reporting period covered by the plan (including any measures that will be implemented to ensure compliance with the finance law).

           


          1. Radiation that can produce ionisation in matter, for example, gamma rays and X-rays. When these radiations interact with tissues in the body, they have sufficient energy to damage DNA.
          2. Radiation that does not produce ionisation in matter, for example, ultraviolet and radiofrequency radiation.