- Community engagement
- Radioactive waste
- Facility safety and management
- Jobs and business opportunities
- Site selection process
Without all the licences from ARPANSA the site cannot be prepared and the facility cannot be built or operated.
ARPANSA is the Australian Government's primary authority on radiation protection and nuclear safety. ARPANSA regulates Commonwealth entities using radiation with the objective of protecting people and the environment from the harmful effect of radiation. ARPANSA undertakes research, provides services, and promotes national uniformity and the implementation of international best practice across all jurisdictions.
The Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office (ASNO) is the Commonwealth agency responsible for regulating the non-proliferation safeguards and nuclear security aspects of the facility.
ASNO ensures Australia meets its international obligations under various treaties on nuclear non-proliferation and security, such as:
ASNO has four main areas of responsibility in the nuclear area: the application of IAEA safeguards in Australia; the physical protection (i.e. security) of nuclear material, technology and equipment in Australia; the operation of Australia's bilateral nuclear cooperation agreements; and contributions to the strengthening of the international nuclear non-proliferation regime through work with the IAEA, the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization and with other countries.
The national facility will be subject to independent inspection by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Australia reports on its radioactive waste holdings every three years through the IAEA’s Joint Convention review meetings. Australia’s latest country report to the IAEA was provided in October 2014.
Facility operators and regulators throughout the world share a wealth of experience through forums held by the IAEA.
For nuclear material, namely uranium, plutonium and thorium, ASNO reports to the IAEA several times a year and the IAEA does two or three inspections a year of Australia’s limited holdings
The National Radioactive Waste Management Facility will be subject to independent inspection by the IAEA.
The project will be assessed in accordance with the requirements under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science has established an Independent Advisory Panel. The purpose of the panel is to provide the Department with a broader understanding of technical and community issues
associated with managing Australia’s radioactive waste.
Two groups will support the process: a technical sub-group and a socio-economic sub-group.
The panel advises the department as it implements the Government’s policy to establish the facility in accordance with: