Codes of practice

This page has information about radiation codes of practice in the Northern Territory (NT). 

Acquiring a radiation source

A licensee to possess a radiation source may only acquire a radiation source with a current licence to do so. It is a breach of the Radiation Protection Act to acquire a radiation source without a licence that authorises possession and acquire.

Download the acquiring a radiation source code of practice

Alteration to current radiation protection plan

This code explains and provides regulatory advice for an application to alter an approved radiation protection plan. An application for a variation in the radiation protection plan is simply an application for a licence to possess. You have to pay a fee of $115.

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Approved form for certificate of compliance 

This code explains and provides regulatory advice for a certificate of compliance for a radiation source or radiation place. The certificate of compliance for a radiation source or radiation place must be re-issued at least at three-yearly intervals. This corresponds to the maximum interval for renewal of all licenses under the Radiation Protection Act. A certificate of compliance may only be issued by a holder of a certificate of accreditation under the Radiation Protection Act.

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Certificate of compliance for a radiation place

This code explains and provides regulatory advice for a certificate of compliance for a radiation place. The certificate of compliance for a radiation source or radiation place must be re-issued at least at three-yearly intervals. This corresponds to the maximum interval for renewal of all licenses under the Radiation Protection Act. A certificate of compliance may only be issued by a holder of a certificate of accreditation under the Radiation Protection Act.

Download the certificate of compliance for a radiation place code of practice.

Disposal of a radiation source

A radiation source must not be abandoned. Sufficient funds must be set aside to provide for the safe disposal of all radiation sources. Disposal basically means that the source is no longer useful and is to be decommissioned as waste. A current holder of a licence to possess and sell may sell a radiation source that is useful. Disposal may only occur if the licensee to possess holds a licence to dispose of a radiation source.

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Guideline on shielding design

This document is a guideline on obtaining a certificate of compliance for a radiation place. 

The responsibility for providing adequate shielding resides with the operator. A certificate of compliance for a radiation place is required to register the radiation place. This certificate of compliance must be obtained from a third party service provider, who holds a current certificate of accreditation. A certificate of compliance provides assurance that shielding is adequate for the practice.

It is recommended that each operator uses the design goals that are shown on page six of this guideline as risk constraints for their practice.

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Quality management for diagnostic radiography

Third party service providers accredited under the Radiation Protection Act to carry out work defined as install, test, repair, service and decommission may use this guideline in parallel with Service Checks for Diagnostic Equipment.

The required tests are essentially concerned with the radiation safety of x-ray equipment. As patient dose ultimately depends on the complete imaging process, the tests must be supplemented with other radiographic and image quality tests as part of a complete quality management program

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Service checks for sealed radioactive material

Third party service providers who undertake maintenance on this type of equipment may use this guideline to issue a certificate of compliance for the equipment. The third party service provider is accredited to carry out work under the Radiation Protection Act. Work is defined as install, test, repair, service and decommission. Conditions may be imposed on the certificate of accreditation.

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Last updated: 13 October 2017