Section 13 of the Radiation Safety Act 2016 provides that no person may manage, control, possess or manufacture radiation sources without a source licence. These licences are issued by the Director for Radiation Safety.
Types of source licence categories and fees
Schedule 2 of the Radiation Safety Regulation 2016 sets out compliance monitoring categories and corresponding inspection periods for specific activities involving the use of radiation sources. Applicants must choose the correct category and when applying for a source licence.
Annual fees per category are prescribed in regulation 15 of the Radiation Safety Regulations 2016. The fees are payable for each location (or sub-location) from which the applicant will manage or control radiation sources under a source licence. More details can be found in the regulation. The maximum licensing term for a source license is 3 years.
The table below is provided to help applicants decide the most suitable source licence category for their practice. The examples in the table are informative only. Depending on the risk profile associated with the proposed activities and types of radiation sources, the Director may suggest a different category per location or impose conditions on a source licence that the Director considers appropriate.
Once a source licence granted for a certain category, facilities under the source licence will be inspected according to the corresponding inspection period.
|Category||Examples of activity and source type||Annual fee (GST inclusive)||Inspection period (years)|
|Medical 1||Medical therapy
|Medical 2||Medical or dental diagnosis
|Medical 3||Nuclear medicine
|Medical 4||Medical diagnosis (excluding interventional radiology, computed tomography, and the use of unsealed radioactive material)
|Medical 5||Dental diagnosis (excluding cone beam computed tomography)
|Medical 6||Other medical categories
|Non-medical 1||Industrial radiography and any non-medical practice involving high-activity radioactive material
|Non-medical 2||Production of unsealed radioactive material using a cyclotron||$1505.35||1|
|Non-medical 3||Irradiating apparatus or low activity sealed or unsealed sources used for:
|Non-medical 4||Irradiating apparatus or low activity sealed sources
|Non-medical 5||Veterinary diagnosis only||$485.30||4|
|Non-medical 6||Irradiating apparatus or low activity sealed sources
How to apply
Please send your source application form to us at email@example.com or mail to the address below if necessary. Submission by email is our preferred option.
Office of Radiation Safety
Ministry of Health
PO Box 5013
Applications go through our screening process, and an invoice will be emailed if no further information is required. The screening process usually takes 3 to 5 working days after the receipt of your application.
It is recommended that you start your application process at least 4 weeks in advance.
Forms per category can be downloaded from below.