Compliance Overview

Compliance Framework
Compliance Driver Radiation Control Act 1990 (NSW)
Classification Level 3
Centrally managed, local area(s) requirement.
Associated Legislation
Associated Standards None
Associated Codes None
Associated Information None
Return to Top Administrative Information
Administrative Body NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA)
Administrative Name Local Office
Administrative Address Physical Address
85 Faulkner Street
Armidale NSW
Australia, 2350
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 494
Armidale NSW
Australia, 2350
Administrative Phone 131 555
02 6773 7000
Administrative Email info@environment.nsw.gov.au
Administrative Website http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/radiation/index.htm
Return to Top General Introduction
VC Compliance Delegate Aron Murphy, Dean Faculty of Science, Agriculture, Business and Law
Compliance Coordinator Richard Flavel, Research Fellow - Agron & Soil Science
Business Units Impacted
  • Facilities Management Service Directorate
  • Faculty of Medicine and Health
  • Faculty of Science, Agriculture, Business and Law
  • School of Environmental and Rural Science
  • School of Rural Medicine
  • School of Science and Technology
Overview The objectives of this Act are to:
1. 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
2. to protect security-enhanced sources from misuse that may result in harm to people or the environment
3. to promote the radiation protection principles.

A person is to take the radiation protection principles into consideration when exercising functions under this Act or under a licence. The radiation protection principles are as follows:
a. justification of a practice - by assessing that the benefits of the practice involving exposure to ionising radiation outweigh any detriment.
b. optimisation of protection - by ensuring that each of the following is kept as low as reasonably achievable taking into account economic and social factors:
- the magnitude of individual doses of ionising radiation
- the number of people exposed to ionising radiation
- the likelihood of exposure to ionising radiation.
c. dose and risk limitation - by setting dose limits or imposing other measures so that the health risks to any person exposed to ionising radiation is kept below levels that are generally considered to be unacceptable.

Compliance Obligations

Return to Top Radiation Management Licence
Description The University, as the owner of regulated material, must hold a radiation licence in respect of the regulated material and must comply with any conditions to which the licence is subject.

The purpose of a management licence is to regulate, restrict or prohibit the possession, sale, storage, giving away, and disposal of regulated material to protect the community and the environment from exposure to radiation.
Impacts Fines and Penalties - A maximum of 1500 penalty units in the case of a corporation. 250 penalty units or imprisonment for 2 years, or both, in any other case.

Negative impact on reputation.
Responsible Manager Richard Flavel, Research Fellow - Agron & Soil Science
Coordinating Officer Richard Flavel, Research Fellow - Agron & Soil Science
Coordinating Unit School of Environmental and Rural Science
Oversight Committee/Group None
Business Units Impacted
  • Facilities Management Service Directorate
  • Faculty of Medicine and Health
  • Faculty of Science, Agriculture, Business and Law
  • School of Environmental and Rural Science
  • School of Rural Medicine
  • School of Science and Technology
Obligation Framework
Associated Legislation
Associated Standard None
Associated Code None
Associated Information None
Management Tools
Rule None
Policy None
Protocol None
Procedure None
Guideline None
Other Websites
 
Return to Top Radiation User Licence
Description Under section 7 of the Act, a natural person who uses regulated material must hold a radiation user licence and must comply with any conditions to which the licence is subject. A licence is valid for 1 year or 3 years.

~To use' includes to operate, have in possession for use, handle or manipulate, or use in the course of manufacture.
Impacts Maximun penalty of 250 penalty units or imprisonment for 2 years, or both.
Responsible Manager Richard Flavel, Research Fellow - Agron & Soil Science
Coordinating Officer Richard Flavel, Research Fellow - Agron & Soil Science
Coordinating Unit School of Environmental and Rural Science
Oversight Committee/Group None
Business Units Impacted
  • Facilities Management Service Directorate
  • Faculty of Medicine and Health
  • Faculty of Science, Agriculture, Business and Law
  • School of Environmental and Rural Science
  • School of Rural Medicine
  • School of Science and Technology
Obligation Framework
Associated Legislation
Associated Standard None
Associated Code None
Associated Information None
Management Tools
Rule None
Policy None
Protocol None
Procedure None
Guideline None
Other Websites
 
Return to Top Student Exemption - Radiation User Licence
Description Under c10 of the Radiation Control Regulation 2013, "an undergraduate student in a university" "who is undertaking course work or research that involves the use of regulated material", and "a postgraduate student in a university" "who is undertaking research or higher studies that involve the use of regulated material", are exempt from the requirement to hold a radiation licence. The exemption does not have effect unless the student:
(a) has approval (can be granted by a staff member of the University who holds a radiation user licence, and only for activities authorised by their radiation user licence), and
(b) is complying with the conditions to which the approval is subject, and
(c) is subject to supervision (by an appropriately qualified licence holder).


Impacts Under clause 10(5) "A person who gives an approval for the purposes of this clause must ensure that a copy of the approval:
(a) is given to each person to whom it relates, or
(b) is conspicuously displayed at each place in which the regulated material to which the approval relates is proposed to be used.
Maximum penalty: 50 penalty units (in the case of a corporation) and 25 penalty units (in any other case)."
Responsible Manager Richard Flavel, Research Fellow - Agron & Soil Science
Coordinating Officer Richard Flavel, Research Fellow - Agron & Soil Science
Coordinating Unit School of Environmental and Rural Science
Oversight Committee/Group None
Business Units Impacted
  • Facilities Management Service Directorate
  • Faculty of Medicine and Health
  • Faculty of Science, Agriculture, Business and Law
  • School of Environmental and Rural Science
  • School of Rural Medicine
  • School of Science and Technology
Obligation Framework
Associated Legislation
Associated Standard None
Associated Code None
Associated Information None
Management Tools
Rule None
Policy None
Protocol None
Procedure None
Guideline None
Other Websites