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International collaboration

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is an organisation within the United Nations family.

ARPANSA works with the IAEA's Member States (Australia is a signatory) and multiple partners worldwide to promote the safe use of :

  • nuclear installations
  • large radiation facilities
  • radioactive sources
  • radioactive materials in transport
  • radioactive waste.

International conventions and treaties

ARPANSA administers Australia's rights and obligations under the following international conventions and treaties:

ARPANSA also administers Australia's rights and obligations under the Convention on Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident and the Convention on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency. ARPANSA is the designated Australian Competent Authority for Radiation Emergencies for the implementation of these two Conventions:

  • Convention on Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident ratified by Australia on 23 October 1987, and
  • Convention on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency, ratified by Australia on 23 October 1987.

See Early Notification and Assistance Conventions for more information on these conventions.

Non-binding international instruments

ARPANSA administers Australia’s political commitments to implement the IAEA Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources and act in a manner consistent with the IAEA Guidance on the Import and Export of Radioactive Sources.

International publications

Australian representatives participate in developing international publications on radiation protection and nuclear safety, in particular those produced by the IAEA.