Performance objectives and criteria

Performance objectives and criteria (PO&C) are used by ARPANSA Inspectors to support a consistent, transparent and rigorous approach to inspection that is consistent with the risk of a facility, source or controlled activity. PO&C provide a comprehensive list of features, controls and behaviours that contribute to safety. When considered with relevant codes and standards the PO&C assist the detailed planning and conduct of each inspection and support a qualitative assessment of safety.

The PO&C have been compiled in consideration of the requirements of the ARPANS Act, international standards and best practices. They describe what ARPANSA expects from licence holders; when met they will achieve high levels of regulatory compliance and safety standards. Where a PO&C is not met ARPANSA will consider the implications for regulatory compliance and safety performance as specified in the Regulatory delivery model

There are eight PO&C baseline inspection areas, known as ‘baseline modules’ and three cross cutting areas associated with safety culture, human performance and improvement. One or more of these modules is used for the inspection of facilities. A more concise single set of PO&C is used for the inspection of a source recognising that the inspection of sources is usually less complex than a facility.

A plain text version of the combined PO&C can be downloaded below. In addition to the combined document, each PO&C is described briefly below, including a link an interactive mind map of the PO&C which can be expanded and manipulated using the control panel in the bottom of the viewer. Prints can also be obtained using the control panel.

Performance objectives and criteria for inspections (combined)

The document below combines all the Performance Objectives and Critera into one file presented in a table format.


FilePerformance objectives and criteria for inspections (combined)

BM1 – Performance reporting and verification

This module addresses the reporting culture, both internally and externally, including discrepant or unreported performance data, performance indicator verification, compliance with the operating limits and conditions, inter alia.

BM2 – Configuration management

This module addressses the knowledge of and control of physical configuration and operational methods. It includes evaluation of changes (Regulation 51/52), equipment alignment, operability determinations, temporary facility modifications, safety and security system design and capability.

BM3 – Inspection testing and maintenance

This module addresses the regime of inspection, testing and maintenance that ensures the safety of the controlled activity. It includes post-maintenance testing, in-service testing and inspection, surveillance testing, maintenance, management arrangements.

BM4 – Training

This module addresses the systematic use of personnel training, authorisation and accreditation to ensure that all workers are suitably qualified and experienced thus ensuring that the controlled activity is undertaken safely and security.

BM5 – Event protection

This module addresses the licensee’s consideration and implementation of controls to manage and mitigate the effects of outside influences including adverse weather, fire protection, including bush fires, flooding, land management.

BM6 – Security

This module addresses the security arrangements and requirements to prevent the unauthorised access, use or damage to, the loss, theft or unauthorised transfer and unauthorised use of controlled apparatus or radioactive sources.

BM7 – Radiation protection

This module addresses the access control, dosimetry, ALARA planning, radiation monitoring instrumentation, effluent system monitoring, radioactive material processing and transportation, etc. that protect people and the environment from the harmful effects of radiation.

BM8 – Emergency preparedness and response

This module addresses the anticipation of hazards and threats, the assessment of consequences and the preparation of appropriate systems and measures to ensure an effective, timely, integrated, controlled and coordinated response to a nuclear or radiological emergency. It includes exercises and drills, emergency response organisation testing, and notification testing.

CC1 – Safety culture

This module addresses the shared values and beliefs, throughout an organisation, that produce behaviour norms which provide an appropriate and demonstrable attention to safety.

CC2 – Human performance

This module addresses the standards and expected behaviour of workers and the organisational features that are in place to ensure that the organisation maximises the strengths and minimises the weaknesses of human performance by providing workers with appropriate policies, processes, practices and equipment.

CC3 – Performance improvement

This module addresses how the organisation monitors and learns from operational experience. It covers the understanding of how deviations from expected performance are understood, the identification, evaluation and fixing of problems and the implementation of opportunities for improvement.

Source licence PO&C

The source licence is combined into a single, concise PO&C covering all core areas described above. This recognises that the inspection of a source is usually less complex that the inspection of a facility.