Automatic mutual recognition of radiation occupations
From 1 July 2022, radiation specialists holding valid authorisation in another jurisdiction can undertake the same activities in South Australia without the need to make an application, obtain an additional licence, or pay additional registration fees. This is known as automatic deemed registration (ADR).
South Australia has introduced automatic mutual recognition to make it easier for licensed radiation workers to work across state and territory borders, and to enable organisations to engage skilled radiation staff from across Australia more quickly and easily.
Operating radiation apparatus, handling of radioactive sources, and accreditation of third-party testers of radiation sources are included in the scheme. An individual will be deemed to be authorised to undertake work in South Australia, normally requiring an SA licence, under their home jurisdiction licence.
Before you can commence working in South Australia under ADR, you must notify the EPA by completing the online form. You will receive a factsheet outlining some of your key responsibilities.
ADR applicants must comply with the same conduct and regulatory requirements as SA licensees.
Your ADR is limited to the scope of work allowed under your home jurisdiction licence and you must also comply with the Radiation Protection and Control Act 2021 (RPC Act) and relevant regulations at all times.
If your home jurisdiction licence expires, is suspended or in any other way ceases to be valid, you are no longer deemed registered in South Australia (or any other jurisdiction). ADR does not apply if your principal place of residence or work is South Australia.
The following radiation occupations/activities are covered by AMR:
Responsibilities of facility, source and apparatus registered owners
South Australian-issued licences can be verified via the Radiation Public Register. The licence status of workers under ADR can be verified by contacting the individual’s home jurisdiction to access their licence details via public register information, and by obtaining from the individual evidence of the notification that they lodged with the SA EPA.
South Australians working interstate
If an interstate jurisdiction has implemented the ADR provisions of the Commonwealth Mutual Recognition Act 1992, then you can work in that jurisdiction using your South Australian licence.
You will need to confirm with the interstate regulator whether your activity is included under ADR, and whether notification is required:
For more information about automatic deemed registration, please visit Improving occupational mobility | Deregulation.