Transport of radioactive material

Transport radioactive material within Australia

The information on this page will assist companies or organisations seeking approval to transport radioactive material within Australia.

The CEO of ARPANSA is the Competent Authority for the transport of radioactive material by a Controlled Person (as defined in section 13 of the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Act 1998) by road, rail and inland water ways within Australia.

Regulatory Guide: Transport of Radioactive Material provides information on ARPANSA’s assessment and approval process for Controlled Persons seeking to transport radioactive material.

Approval checklists can be downloaded by following the links below.

Note: An applicant who is not a Controlled Person should contact the Competent Authority in their State or Territory as listed in Schedule B of Radiation Protection Series C-2  (Rev. 1). The approval checklists referred to in this guide may be useful if acceptable to the relevant Competent Authority.

Before seeking approval, applicants should refer to:

  • Radiation Protection Series C-2 (Rev. 1) Code for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material, 2019 Edition, ARPANSA. Radiation Protection Series C-2 (Rev. 1) adopts the IAEA’s Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material, 2018 Edition, SSR-6 (Rev. 1)

Persons seeking guidance on good radiation protection practice and how to meet the requirements of the Transport Code RPS C-2 should refer to the IAEA specific safety guides listed in ARPANSA’s International Standards Register:

Approval Checklists

  1. Approval of Special Form Radioactive Material & Low Dispersible Radioactive Material Checklist
    PDF icon Transport of radioactive material - Approval of special form radioactive material and low dispersible radioactive material checklist  
    File Transport of radioactive material - Approval of special form radioactive material and low dispersible radioactive material checklist
  2. Special Arrangement Approval Checklist
    PDF icon Transport of radioactive material - Special arrangement approval checklist
    File Transport of radioactive material - Special arrangement approval checklist
  3. Shipment Approval Checklist
    PDF icon Transport of radioactive material - Shipment approval checklist
    File Transport of radioactive material - Shipment approval checklist
  4. Package Design Approval Checklist
    PDF icon Transport of radioactive material - Package design approval checklist
    File Transport of radioactive material - Package design approval checklist
  5. Validation of Certificate Approval Checklist
    PDF icon Transport of radioactive material - Validation of certificate checklist
    File Transport of radioactive material - Validation of certificate checklist

Commonwealth Government applicants should submit their application by email to to licenceadminatarpansa.gov.au or by mail to: 

The CEO of ARPANSA
PO Box 655
Miranda NSW 1490

A copy of the relevant approval checklist should accompany the application.