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What's new

CT imaging diagnostic reference levels
12 February 2020

The radiation dose from a CT scan, while low, is nonetheless assumed to contribute a small additional risk to a patient’s lifetime risk of cancer. ARPANSA's new reference levels show patients in Australia are receiving much lower doses than 5-10 years ago.

Antarctica penguins
6 February 2020

ARPANSA staff Sandra Sdraulig and Dr Stuart Henderson recently travelled to Antarctica to support ongoing monitoring of radionuclides and ultraviolet (UV) radiation in the environment.

Dr Ken Karipidis
16 January 2020

Dr Ken Karipidis, Assistant Director Assessment and Advice at ARPANSA, has been appointed to the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) for the term of 2020 to 2024.

Aerial view of the Montebello Islands
16 December 2019

Recently, we participated in a study to review the ongoing impacts of nuclear tests conducted in the Montebello islands off the north coast of Western Australia.

Compass for navigating radiation regulation
10 December 2019

How is radiation regulated in Australia? It’s a common question, and unfortunately the answer isn’t as straightforward as it could be.

Clipboard icon with checkbox
6 December 2019

In June 2018, ARPANSA issued a direction to its licence holder, the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), to initiate an independent review of its approach to occupational radiation safety at its nuclear medicine facility operated by ANSTO Health, now known as Health Products.

4 December 2019

Dr Ken Karipidis, ARPANSA’s Assistant Director of Assessment and Advice, recently attended a workshop hosted by the German Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) to explore effects of electric, magnetic and electromagnetic fields on animals and plants.

Legal regulations
27 November 2019

The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety (ARPANS) Regulations provide a framework for ensuring Commonwealth Government bodies that use or produce radiation conduct their work in a safe and responsible manner.

human fingers turning a 4G cube into a 5G cube - the cube has writing '4G' and the writing is being moved to say '5G'
25 November 2019

ARPANSA has provided a submission to the 2019 parliamentary inquiry into the benefits and challenges of 5G – the fifth generation of the mobile telecommunications network.
The submission provides on information about the safety of radio waves from 5G.

12 November 2019

ARPANSA is pleased to host, in conjunction with the International Commission of Radiological Protection (ICRP) and the Australasian Radiation Protection Society (ARPS), the 5th International Symposium on the System of Radiological Protection on 17-21 November 2019 in Adelaide, South Australia.

Nominations open for Radiation Health and Safety Advisory Council
8 November 2019

ARPANSA is currently seeking nominations for members of the Radiation Health and Safety Advisory Council. The Minister-appointed Council advise the CEO on emerging issues and matters of major public concern relating to radiation protection and nuclear safety.

6 November 2019

The Annual Report of the CEO of ARPANSA 2018-19 was tabled in parliament on Tuesday 15 October 2019 and is now available on the new transparency portal.

Radiation in the average Australian diet - woman holding groceries
1 November 2019

In the first study of its kind in Australia, ARPANSA produced a report on radiation in foods that make up a typical Australian diet. The results showed levels are very low and do not present any health concerns.

30 October 2019

Earlier this month ARPANSA and Cancer Council Victoria (CCV) met to formalise our partnership to promote sun safety and support skin cancer prevention.

Close up photo of pages in document
25 September 2019

Part of ARPANSA’s role is the regulation of all Commonwealth entities that use radiation. Regulation ensures compliance with the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Act 1998 and associated Regulations (2018) and is supported by a series of regulatory guides.

Image of person using their phone
17 September 2019

In December 2018, the British Medical Journal Open published a scientific study led by ARPANSA investigating the relationship between brain cancer and mobile phone use.
Since the publication of the original study, the authors have conducted further analysis of additional age groups.

Installation of the UV sensor in Emerald, Queensland
28 August 2019

We’re pleased to announce that the newest location in our ultraviolet (UV) radiation monitoring network is now online. Emerald is the fourth location in Queensland to join our network of real-time UV data.

Australian Radiation Incident Register
1 August 2019

ARPANSA collates and publishes an annual report on radiation incidents in Australia. This report is produced with input from various radiation regulators around the country, based on incidents submitted to them and any subsequent investigations they carry out.

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