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. Lasers are not regulated by specific government legislation but there are Australian Standards dealing with Lasers which are a minimum set of requirements for Laser use.
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 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 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.
Within UNSW, the following areas assist the University to meet its licence conditions:
Complaints, allegations of non-compliance and grievances