Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency

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Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency
Agency overview
FormedFebruary 5, 1999 (1999-02-05)
Preceding agencies
  • Nuclear Safety Bureau
  • Australian Radiation Laboratory
JurisdictionCommonwealth of Australia
HeadquartersYallambie, Victoria
MottoProtecting people and the environment from the harmful effects of radiation
Employees150[1]
Minister responsible
Agency executive
  • Carl-Magnus Larsson, CEO
Parent departmentDepartment of Health
Websitewww.arpansa.gov.au

The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) is the Australian Government’s primary authority on radiation protection and nuclear safety. Its purpose is to protect the Australian people and the environment from the harmful effects of radiation, through understanding risks, best practice regulation, research, policy, services, partnerships and engaging with the community.

Established by the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Act 1998 (ARPANS Act), ARPANSA commenced operation on 5 February 1999 replacing the Nuclear Safety Bureau and Australian Radiation Laboratory. It operates under the strategic objectives of:

  • Protect the public, workers and the environment from radiation exposure.
  • Ensure radiological and nuclear safety and security and emergency preparedness.
  • Promote the effective use of ionising radiation in medicine.
  • Ensure effective and proportionate regulation and enforcement activities.

The agency publishes daily solar ultraviolet radiation (UVR) levels for many locations in Australia.[2]


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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ APS Statistical Bulletin 2017 (Report). Australian Public Service Commission. March 2018. Archived from the original on 24 April 2018. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  2. ^ UV Index Data. ARPANSA. Retrieved 20 August 2019.

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