How do I apply for a licence?

There are two types of licences issued by ARPANSA:

  1. a source licence which is required by Commonwealth entities (“controlled persons”) who deal with controlled material or controlled apparatus
  2. a facility licence which is required by Commonwealth entities (“controlled persons”) who are engaged in certain conducts in relation to a nuclear installation or a prescribed radiation facility.

Unless an exemption applies, either a source licence or a facility licence must be obtained by the controlled person.

Who can apply for a licence?

The applicant must be:

  1. the Secretary, Chief Executive Officer, or an equivalent person, of the Department or Commonwealth Body (the applicant); or
  2. a person authorised by the applicant to lodge an application.

In the case of (b), the application must include a copy of the authorisation.

Applying for a source licence

Commonwealth agencies and Commonwealth contractors who wish to apply for a source licence should complete the following application form in conjunction with the associated regulatory guide:

The Source Inventory Workbook forms part of the licence application.

Applying for a facility licence for a prescribed radiation facility

Commonwealth agencies and Commonwealth contractors who wish to apply for a facility licence for a prescribed radiation facility should complete the following application form in conjunction with the associated regulatory guide:

The Source Inventory Workbook forms part of the licence application.

Applying for a facility licence for a nuclear installation

Commonwealth agencies and Commonwealth contractors who wish to apply for a facility licence for a nuclear installation should complete the following application form in conjunction with the associated regulatory guide:

The Source Inventory Workbook forms part of the licence application.

Related guidance documents

  • REGULATORY GUIDE: Plans and Arrangements for Managing Safety - see Regulatory guides
    This guide sets out the requirements expected to be demonstrated in an applicant's plans and arrangements.
  • Regulatory Assessment Principles for Controlled Facilities - see Regulatory guides
    This document describes the assessment principles applied by ARPANSA when assessing an application for a facility licence or assessing applications for changes to facilities already licensed.
  • REGULATORY GUIDE: Licensing of Radioactive Waste Storage and Disposal Facilities - see Regulatory guides
    This document is intended to be used in relation to applications made under the Act for a facility licence to prepare a site for, to construct, or to operate radioactive waste management facilities, being a radioactive waste disposal facility (near surface), or a radioactive waste store.
  • Holistic Safety Guidelines - see Holistic Safety Guidelines
    The Holistic Safety Guidelines provide specific guidance on key principles of Holistic Safety. These Guidelines should be used by all licence holders and applicants to assess their systems and operations against the principles of Holistic Safety.

Where to send completed applications

Completed applications, supporting documents and appropriate application fee should be sent to:

Regulatory Services
ARPANSA
PO Box 655
Miranda NSW 1490

OR (preferably)

licenceadminatarpansa.gov.au 

Note: If the email option is chosen, prior arrangements must be made for payment of the application fee either by cheque or electronic funds transfer before the application can be accepted.