Integrated Regulatory Review Service

The IAEA's Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) supports ARPANSA's ongoing implementation of international best practice

Australia is a respected partner in the international cooperation on nuclear safety and security. It maintains this position by a number of means, including sharing its knowledge and learning from international best practice. An IRRS mission is a valuable regulatory benchmarking exercise involving peer review by overseas experts against IAEA Safety Standards.

The next IRRS mission to Australia will take place during 4–16 November 2018.

The review will focus on Australia’s legal and regulatory framework for safety and the Regulatory Services Branch’s licensing, inspection and enforcement processes.

All States and Territories have agreed to participate in the IRRS mission. This is only the second time an IRRS has involved more than one jurisdiction, and presents a unique opportunity for Australia’s radiation protection regulators to work together on evaluating all aspects of respective regulatory frameworks.

Previous Mission

An IRRS team undertook a full scope mission in Australia in 2007. This IAEA effort was an in-depth review of ARPANSA’s Regulatory Services Branch. A follow-up mission was then conducted in 2011, when a module on medical exposure and patient protection was introduced.

As a result of these two missions, there were 16 recommendations and suggestions that were closed out in January 2015. For more information, please see the following documents: