About Radiation Safety at UNSW


In New South Wales, use of radioactive materials and radiation apparatus is regulated by the Radiation Control Act (1990) and Radiation Control Regulation 2013. The NSW Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is the administrator of the Act and Regulation.

The Radiation Control Act and Regulation were introduced to:

  • secure the protection of persons and the environment from exposure to ionising and harmful non-ionising radiation to the maximum extent that is reasonably practicable, taking into account social and economic factors and recognising the need for the use of radiation for beneficial purposes; 
  • protect security enhanced sources from misuse that may result in harm to people or the environment; and
  • promote the radiation protection principles including: justification of a practice, optimisation of protection and dose and risk limitation.


                            Radiation Safety Management at UNSW

The Radiation Research Safety Procedure outlines the responsibilities and authorities governing the use of ionising and non-ionising radiation in accordance to the requirements of the relevant codes and legislations. The content of the document applies to all staff and research trainees at UNSW and affiliated centres and institutes involved in research using ionising and non-ionising radiation in Australia. 

The University has a Radiation Management Licence that allows the possession, sales, store, giving away and disposal of regulated material that may be used in research or teaching. The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) is the delegated responsible officer for the Licence. 

Within UNSW, the following areas assist the University to meet its licence conditions:

Radiation Safety Committee (RSC)

  • reviews the radiation safety of all research and teaching projects involved radiation apparatus and radioactive substances within the University and recommends to the University radiation safety policies.

Radiation Safety Officer

  • provides on-the-ground expertise to the RSC for the enforcement of radiation safety policies. The RSO reports to the RSC.

Health and Safety Unit (H&S)

  • is responsible for the provision of radiation safety training and personal monitoring badges.

Research Ethics and Compliance Support (RECS)

  • coordinates all activities for the Radiation Safety Committee, liaises with the Regulator on behalf of the University, first contact point for all radiation users’ enquiries.

Radiation Safety Supervisors (RSS)

  • oversees radiation activities within their School, ensuring the University’s safety policies are being observed and followed. For Schools that do not have a dedicated RSS, the Radiation Safety Officer would be the acting RSS.

Complaints and Grievances

Complaints about the conduct of research by UNSW Australia staff and students should be directed to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Les Field. The contact details for Professor Field are Phone 02 9385 2700, Fax 02 9385 8008 and Email enquiries@research.unsw.edu.au.

Grievances about ethics review and processes by UNSW Australia staff and students should be addressed to the Director Research Ethics & Compliance Support, Dr Ted Rohr. The contact details for Dr Rohr are Phone 02 9385 4235, Fax 02 9385 7238 and Email ted.rohr@unsw.edu.au.