Performance monitoring principles

The performance monitoring principles adopted by ARPANSA are enshrined in the ARPANSA Regulatory Activities Policy issued by the CEO and are documented in detail in the ARPANSA Inspection and ARPANSA Compliance manuals. The policy recognises that compliance monitoring and enforcement activities are risk-based, adopt international best practice, and take a graded approach depending on the inherent hazard of the facility or source being inspected. 

As a result some licence holders will receive more regulatory oversight (inspections) than others and the performance information should not be taken as a direct comparison between licence holders but rather a reflection of individual performance.  

The information below highlights good practices, inspection results, improvement notices issued by regulatory officers and findings of breach by the CEO of ARPANSA. Reporting this information aims to promote safety and security and to provide an opportunity for licence holders to learn from the experience of others. Further, reporting ARPANSA's compliance monitoring and enforcement activities in a transparent manner will assist the public's understanding of our regulatory activities.

Please note that matters with security implications are not published until the matter is resolved to ensure that any security vulnerabilities are not exposed. Nevertheless, security matters are important learning opportunities for all licence holders and are published in the spirit of promoting continuous improvement. 

ARPANSA aims to ensure that all information on this website is current. 

Understanding the outcomes

Result

Good practice When a licence holder is identified as having implemented a program, system or process that demonstrates ‘going above and beyond’ the baseline requirements for safety and security. Such practices are shared below for other licence holders to consider.  
Compliant When a licence holder has been found to comply with the Act, Regulations and licence conditions during an inspection.

Breach – A breach is a finding by the CEO of ARPANSA relating to an identified non-compliance. Such a finding will only be made after considering all the facts and giving the licence holder the opportunity to respond to the alleged non-compliance. 

Sections 59 and 60 of the Act require the CEO to report details of any breach of licence conditions by a licence holder to Parliament through the Minister.

Improvement notice – An improvement notice is a tool used to require the licence holder to do something, or stop doing something, to manage risk to people and/or the environment. An inspector may issue an improvement notice where a potential or actual non-compliance has been identified.

 

Method of detection

Self-reported  The matter was reported by the licence holder. ARPANSA encourages licence holders to be open and transparent. Reporting non-compliance whenever it is identified is considered an indicator of good safety culture.   
Inspection  The matter was identified during a compliance inspection.
Review  The matter was identified from an event, observation or incident investigation.

 

Implications for safety

Administrative  The matter was of an administrative nature without significant implications for safety or security.
Not significant  The matter was assessed to not have significant nuclear or radiation safety or security implications.
Significant – The matter was assessed to have significant nuclear or radiation safety or security implications. 

 

ASC Pty Ltd

OutcomeLicence numberMethod of detectionImplications for safety or securityDate identified/determinedDate resolved
CompliantS0190InspectionN/A18/07/22N/A

Austrade

OutcomeLicence numberMethod of detectionImplications for safety or securityDate identified/determinedDate resolved
BreachS0203ReviewAdministrative19/04/202227/04/2022

Australian National University

OutcomeLicence numberMethod of detectionImplications for safety or securityDate identified/determinedDate resolved
CompliantS0027InspectionN/A1-2/12/2022N/A
CompliantS0027InspectionN/A27-28/04/2023N/A
CompliantS0027InspectionN/A11-12/05/2023N/A
CompliantF0073, F0074, F0075InspectionN/A3 May 2023N/A
CompliantS0027InspectionN/A25-26 May 2023N/A
CompliantS0027InspectionN/A27-28 March 2024N/A


Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation

OutcomeLicence numberMethod of detectionImplications for safety or securityDate identified/determinedDate resolved
BreachF0262InspectionSignificant03/07/2023Open
BreachF0316ReviewSignificant19/09/2023Open
BreachF0309Self-reportedSignificant17/09/201902/12/2022
BreachS0045Inspection (withheld from publication)Not significant21/02/2021Open
BreachF0251ReviewSignificant12/02/20211/05/2021
BreachS0045Self-reportedNot significant18/02/202118/02/2021
CompliantF0211InspectionN/A5/03/2021N/A
Improvement noticeS0045ReviewSignificant26/03/202129/10/2021
BreachF0157, F0245, F0251 and F0260ReviewNot significant19/04/2021Closed - 30/07/2021
BreachF0244InspectionNot significant17/05/202128/10/2021
Good practice1S0045InspectionN/A28/05/2021N/A
BreachF0262InspectionSignificant17/06/2021Closed
CompliantF0260InspectionN/A8/07/2021N/A
BreachF0243InspectionNot significant26/08/202126/08/2021
CompliantF0262InspectionN/A3/08/2021N/A
CompliantF0309InspectionN/A30/09/2021N/A
CompliantF0157InspectionN/A17-18/11/2021N/A
BreachF0271InspectionNot significant08/12/2021Closed
BreachF0260Self-ReportedNot significant11/04/202230/05/2022
CompliantF0262InspectionNot significant31/03/2022N/A
CompliantF0247InspectionNot significant28/02/2022N/A
Good practiceF0248InspectionN/A28/02/2022N/A
CompliantF0309InspectionN/A14/06/2022N/A
BreachF0260Self-ReportedNot significant07/07/202207/07/2022
CompliantF0244InspectionN/A13/07/2022N/A
CompliantF0157InspectionN/A15-16/09/2022N/A
BreachF0260Self-reportedNot significant20/10/202221/10/2022
CompliantF0245InspectionN/A24-25/11/2022N/A
CompliantF0316 and F0290InspectionN/A15-16/02/2023 and 14/03/2023N/A
BreachF0316Self-reportedSignificant 24/04/2023Open
Improvement noticeF0243InspectionSignificant23/06/202108/12/2023
CompliantF0309InspectionN/A14/11/2023N/A
Potential Non-CompliantS0045InspectionN/A7-8/2/2024N/A
CompliantF0260InspectionN/A13/03/2024N/A
CompliantF0293InspectionN/A13/03/2024N/A
 

Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency

OutcomeLicence numberMethod of detectionImplications for safety or securityDate identified/determinedDate resolved
BreachF0046Self-reportedSignificant19/11/2021Open
CompliantS0002InspectionN/A24/05/2022N/A
CompliantS0003InspectionN/A2-3/05/2023N/A

Australian Signals Directorate

OutcomeLicence numberMethod of detectionImplications for safety or securityDate identified/determinedDate resolved
Good practice3S0335Inspection (withheld from publication)N/A30/04/2021N/A

Australian War Memorial

OutcomeLicence numberMethod of detectionImplications for safety or securityDate identified/determinedDate resolved
CompliantS0080InspectionN/A11/03/2021N/A

Commonwealth Bureau of Meteorology (BoM)

OutcomeLicence numberMethod of detectionImplications for safety or securityDate identified/determinedDate resolved
BreachS0005InspectionNot significant06/07/202308/09/2023

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

OutcomeLicence numberMethod of detectionImplications for safety or securityDate identified/determinedDate resolved
Good practice2S0064Inspection (report withheld)Not significant2/09/202116/12/2021
Compliant
S0064InspectionN/A3/11/22N/A
CompliantS0216, S0019 and S0021InspectionN/A16/03/23N/A
Compliant
S0216InspectionN/A22/03/2023N/A
CompliantS0023InspectionN/A20-21/06/2023N/A
CompliantS0064InspectionN/A20-21/06/2023N/A
CompliantS0021InspectionN/A20-21/6/2023N/A
CompliantS0009InspectionN/A20-21/6/2023N/A
CompliantS0021InspectionN/A13/3/2024N/A

CSIRO Business and Infrastructure Services

OutcomeLicence numberMethod of detectionImplications for safety or securityDate identified/determinedDate resolved
CompliantS0013InspectionN/A21/07/2022N/A

Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (formally know as the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment)

OutcomeLicence numberMethod of detectionImplications for safety or securityDate identified/determinedDate resolved
CompliantS0120InspectionN/A24/06/2021N/A
CompliantS0055InspectionN/A28/10/2021 - 22/2/2022N/A
CompliantS0008InspectionN/A07/06/2023N/A
CompliantS0055InspectionN/A06/06/2023N/A

Department of Defence/Australian Defence Force

OutcomeLicence numberMethod of detectionImplications for safety or securityDate identified/determinedDate resolved
CompliantF0213InspectionN/A20/07/22 - 21/07/22N/A
CompliantF0252InspectionN/A19/07/22N/A
CompliantS0042Inspection (report withheld)N/A08/06/2021N/A
CompliantS0042InspectionN/A09/06/2021N/A
CompliantF0113InspectionN/A2-3/2/2022N/A

Department of Home Affairs

OutcomeLicence numberMethod of detectionImplications for safety or securityDate identified/determinedDate resolved
CompliantS0092InspectionN/A24/06/2021N/A
CompliantS0092InspectionN/A15/07/2021N/A
CompliantS0092InspectionN/A3/09/2021N/A
BreachS0135Self-reportedNot significant6/10/20216/10/2021
CompliantF0136InspectionN/A15/12/2021N/A
CompliantF0155InspectionN/A9/2/2022N/A
CompliantF0125InspectionN/A30/3/2022N/A
CompliantF0131InspectionN/A24/5/2022N/A
CompliantS0188InspectionN/A5/12/2023N/A

Director of National Parks

OutcomeLicence numberMethod of detectionImplications for safety or securityDate identified/determinedDate resolved
BreachF0093InspectionNot significant20/05/202130/06/2021
BreachF0093InspectionNot significant20/05/202130/06/2021

Geoscience Australia

OutcomeLicence numberMethod of detectionImplications for safety or securityDate identified/determinedDate resolved
CompliantS0014InspectionN/A4/12/2023N/A

National Gallery of Australia

OutcomeLicence numberMethod of detectionImplications for safety or securityDate identified/determinedDate resolved
CompliantS0024InspectionN/A11/03/2021N/A
CompliantS0024InspectionN/A19/06/2023N/A

Norfolk Island Health and Residential Aged Care Service (NIHRACS)

OutcomeLicence numberMethod of detectionImplications for safety or securityDate identified/determinedDate resolved
BreachS0324InspectionNot significant25/06/202115/10/2021
BreachS0324InspectionNot significant25/06/202115/10/2021

Silex Systems

OutcomeLicence numberMethod of detectionImplications for safety or securityDate identified/determinedDate resolved
CompliantS0090InspectionN/A17/12/2022N/A

List of good practices

1The use of external video cameras capable of providing safe observation from outside the laboratory when forensic examination of radiological materials takes place thereby limiting the risk of exposure. 
2An electronic radiation source inspection checklist used to assess the compliance of controlled apparatus with both the licence holder’s internal requirements and relevant codes and standards. 
3The use of computer aided modelling of the floor plan or layout of the indoor area in which industrial radiography is to be conducted for the purpose of identifying areas of potential exposure and establishing safety boundaries. 

 

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