How we regulate

ARPANSA is committed to applying a consistent approach in how it regulates Commonwealth entities. Regulatory Services has developed a suite of manuals on how to conduct licensing and assessment, inspection, and compliance and enforcement activities.


Licensing and Assessment Manual

The Licensing and Assessment Manual covers the assessment and approval of applications from Commonwealth entities and the continuous improvement of those processes. Matters covered by the manual include:

  • applications for a licence
  • applications for an exemption
  • applications for a licence amendment
  • requests for approval to transfer or dispose of controlled material
  • requests for approval to transport radioactive material.

File Licensing and Assessment Manual - January 2019

PDF icon Licensing and Assessment Manual - January 2019

Inspection Manual

The Inspection Manual elaborates on the policy statement and supporting principles outlined in the Policy for ARPANSA’s Regulatory Activities as relevant to inspections. The Policy is aligned with the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) General Safety Requirements (GSR Part 1 Rev 1) Governmental, Legal and Regulatory Framework for Safety. 

File Inspection Manual - May 2019

PDF icon Inspection Manual - May 2019

Compliance Manual

The Compliance Manual provides guidance to regulatory staff about monitoring compliance and managing non-compliance using a graded and risk-based approach.

PDF icon Compliance manual - February 2021

File Compliance manual - February 2021