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ARPANSA – Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency

The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) is the Australian Government’s primary authority on radiation protection and nuclear safety.

ARPANSA deals with both ionising and non-ionising radiation. Common sources of ionising radiation include X-rays, CT scans and naturally occurring radioactive materials. Common sources of non-ionising radiation include the sun, mobile phones, base stations and power lines.

Vision and mission

  • 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.

How ARPANSA can help

ARPANSA regulates Commonwealth entities using radiation with the objective of protecting people and the environment from the harmful effects of radiation.

They undertake research, provide services, and promote national uniformity and the implementation of international best practice across all jurisdictions.

ARPANSA does this by:

  • Expertise - ARPANSA builds and maintains expertise in measurement of radiation and assessment of health impacts, including the assessment of risks and responses to radiation emergencies.
  • Advice - they provide high quality advice to the government and the community on issues related to exposure and effects of radiation, radiation protection and nuclear safety.

  • Regulation - they use licensing powers and work with Commonwealth entities to ensure the safety of radiation facilities, using a risk-informed regulatory approach.
  • Best Practice - they lead the development of codes, standards, guides and advice to support radiation protection and nuclear safety throughout Australia, and play a prominent role in relevant international organisations.

  • Services - ARPANSA offers high quality services for the purpose of protection against the harmful effects of radiation.
  • Research - they undertake research and development, and build strategic partnerships with relevant national and international academic and research organisations.

Information / help lines

  • Call 1800 022 333 Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm AEST, or email: info@arpansa.gov.au

Programs, apps and tools

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Last reviewed: July 2020

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Scalar energy products and health | ARPANSA

Wearing scalar energy products can increase your radiation exposure. Consumers who stopwearing the pendants can safely dispose of them in the bin.

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Airport passenger screening and health | ARPANSA

The millimetre wave technology used for passenger screening in Australian international gateway airports does not pose a health risk.

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Mobile phones and health | ARPANSA

There is no established scientific evidence that the use of mobile phones causes any health effects. However, some studies have shown a weak association between heavy mobile phone use and brain cancer.

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Sun protection using sunscreens | ARPANSA

There is well established evidence that exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun can lead to skin cancer. Sunscreens are an effective method of sun protection when used with a combination of other protective measures.

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What is background radiation? | ARPANSA

All living things are exposed to natural ionising radiation from the environment.

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X-rays | ARPANSA

X-rays are a form of electromagnetic radiation similar to radio waves, microwaves, visible light and gamma rays.

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Radon exposure and health | ARPANSA

In Australia, radon exposure is generally lower than the worldwide average. Increased exposure is associated with an increased risk of developing lung cancer.

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Ultraviolet radiation dose | ARPANSA

Use this chart to see the total UV dose for the day at our monitoring sites.

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National Broadband Network fixed wireless base stations and health | ARPANSA

Based on current research there are no established health effects from the low level exposure to the RF EME from NBN base station antennas.

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Ultraviolet radiation exposure and dose explained | ARPANSA

An explanation of ultraviolet radiation exposure and ultraviolet radiation dose.

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