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Reporting a health or safety risk
How to report a health or safety concern relating to radiation
ARPANSA’s vision is to protect people and the environment from the harmful effects of radiation. Part of what we do to achieve this vision is to regulate the use of radiation by the Australian Government. Similar agencies at the state level regulate the use of radiation in their respective states. For state and territory contact details, please refer to our State & Territory Regulators webpage.
The following information is provided if you have a concern about health or safety risks associated with the use of radiation and would like to raise it with the appropriate body.
ARPANSA has regulatory oversight over Commonwealth entities, Commonwealth contractors and their employees. If the concerns you have raised are not within ARPANSA’s regulatory jurisdiction, every effort will be made to direct your concerns to the appropriate state or territory radiation safety regulator or other appropriate authority.
How your concerns will be processed and confidentiality
Any concerns raised will be assessed to determine the urgency of the risk to the health and safety of people or the environment. Where appropriate, a plan will be developed to address the concerns or refer the matter to the appropriate regulatory authority. You will be advised of the outcome of any action we take in response to your concerns.
Any personal information, including your identity and the identity of any other person referred to by you, will be kept confidential, unless ARPANSA is required by law to disclose that information.
How to make a report to ARPANSA
A report relating to health and safety risks associated with radiation can be made as follows:
PO Box 655
Miranda NSW 1490
(02) 9541 8333
(03) 9433 2211
Other useful Commonwealth Government contacts
Comcare is responsible for the provision of the safety, rehabilitation and compensation system on behalf of the Commonwealth. If your concerns relate to workplace injuries or health and safety generally which are unrelated to the risks associated with radiation, further information is available at: http://www.comcare.gov.au/home.
The Commonwealth Ombudsman
The Commonwealth Ombudsman investigates complaints from individuals who believe they have been treated unfairly by an Australian Government department or agency. If you have concerns about the manner in which you have been treated, further information and contact details are available at: http://www.ombudsman.gov.au/
Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office (ASNO)
ASNO is responsible for administering the Nuclear Non-Proliferation (Safeguards) Act 1987 (Cth) and Australia’s obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention and Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty. If you have concerns which you believe fall within ASNO’s responsibilities, further information and contact details are available at: http://www.dfat.gov.au/asno.