Radiation licences for medical and dental practitioners

Registered nurses and general practitioners

If you are a registered nurse or general practitioner you must obtain a remote operator's licence to take chest and extremity x-rays.

Any x-rays you take must be reported by a radiologist.

To apply for a remote operator's licence, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia under the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • successfully complete an x-ray training course at Royal Darwin Hospital.

X-ray conditions

If you hold a remote operator's licence, you must:

  • only take chest and extremity x-rays except in an emergency
  • record each radiographic view and number of repeats
  • ensure that examinations are reported by a radiologist unless advised otherwise.


For more information about x-ray conditions for registered nurses and general practitioners, and advice relating to remote operator use licence conditions, contact Radiation Protection on 08 8922 7152.

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Last updated: 05 February 2020

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