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Regulatory Guide: Safety Analysis Report for Controlled Facilities

ARPANSA is engaging in public consultation on the draft Regulatory Guide for Safety Analysis Report for controlled facilities.

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The Issue
Start/End Date: 
Wednesday 24 June 2020 - 11:45 to Friday 24 July 2020 - 17:00

A Safety Analysis Report (SAR) must be included as part of a facility licence application for seeking authorisation of any of the following:

  • prepare a site for a controlled facility
  • construct a controlled facility
  • have possession or control of a controlled facility
  • operate a controlled facility
  • de-commission, dispose of or abandon a controlled facility
  • remediate a prescribed legacy site.

This is a requirement under Section 46 (1) (e) of the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Regulations 2018 (the Regulations).

The holder of a facility licence must take all reasonably practicable steps to manage the safety of the facility described in the licence, including having in place a SAR. This is a requirement under Section 60(1)(c) of the Regulations.

This document is written in the context of the legislative and regulatory framework of the Commonwealth of Australia for the controlled facilities owned by Commonwealth entities.

Objective of the guide

The objectives of the guides are:

  • to provide guidance for an applicant, a licence holder, technical support organisations, and other interested parties on preparing safety analysis by the applicant or licence holder at each stage of the facility life, such as preparing a site, construction, operation of a facility. It aims to assist in ensuring that the safety analysis of non-reactor facilities is prepared in accordance with good international practice. This document is also used for regulatory assessment of a licence application for each stage of a controlled facility
  • the safety analysis confirms that the design is capable of meeting the design and safety requirements, derive or confirm operational limits and conditions that are consistent with the design and safety requirements, assist in establishing and validating accident management procedures and guidelines, assist in demonstrating that safety goals, which may be established to limit the risks posed by the facility are met.  It also helps demonstrate that safety goals are met, that the design reflects effective defence-in-depth, and that the plant design and operation are acceptable and robust.

Is a Commonwealth regulatory impact statement required?

No. This regulatory guide provides guidance to the applicant or licence holder in preparing a safety analysis report for non-reactor nuclear facilities and other controlled facilities taking into account international good practice.

Making a comment

As many public consultations attract high levels of interest, we prefer to accept submissions via the online webform available below. Our website is secure and is suitable for uploading submissions. You should use the template provided below to prepare your submission. If the template is not used your submission may not be considered.

You can submit by email, but please be aware that this is not an automated process and it may take longer for you to receive an acknowledgement that your submission has been received, and for us to publish your submission on our website. You can email your submission to the stakeholdercommentatarpansa.gov.au

You have the option to remain anonymous by selecting 'Remain Anonymous' in the web form below. Comments made on submissions by other parties will not be published.

We have prepared a guide on how to make a submission on this public consultation.

Submission template

Draft - Regulatory Guide: Safety Analysis Report for Controlled Facilities


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