1 November 2023

The 2022-23 annual report of the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) was tabled in Parliament on 18 October and is now available in the Federal Government's Transparency Portal.

The report covers the activities of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), ARPANSA and its supporting committees, as well as ARPANSA’s performance against key activities and financial objectives.

Highlights include: 

  • insights into ARPANSA's provision of nuclear safety assistance to Ukraine 
  • the new national primary standard for the dosimetry of ionising radiation
  • our involvement in the hunt for a missing radioactive source in Western Australia
  • progression of the Australian Government’s Electromagnetic Energy (EME) Program.

Looking back on the past year, ARPANSA CEO Gillian Hirth said she was proud of how the agency has responded to the demands created by Australia's rapidly evolving nuclear regulation landscape  such as the need to retain and attract suitably qualified staff.

‘The Federal Government's announcement of the optimal pathway for the acquisition of conventionally armed nuclear-powered submarines under the Australia, United Kingdom and United States (AUKUS) partnership has created both challenges and new opportunities for the agency,' said Dr Hirth.

'This year's report outlines how we have ably met these challenges, while also ensuring the agency's business as usual activities successfully achieved our purpose of protecting the Australian people and the environment from the harmful effects of radiation.' 

The report also highlights some of ARPANSA’s close and productive partnerships with academic institutions, research bodies and professional associations, and how these connections have helped the agency share ideas and expertise with students, as well as expand our own research capabilities. 

'Our ongoing partnerships with tertiary institutions have been mutually beneficial, and also help to support our aim of establishing ARPANSA as an employer of choice for STEM graduates and scientific experts', said Dr Hirth. 

Read the full ARPANSA Annual Report 2022-23 on the Commonwealth Government Transparency Portal .

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