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About export permits

Permission is required to export high activity radioactive sources and high activity aggregations of radioactive sources in a single shipment. The definition of a high activity radioactive source is found in the Customs (Prohibited Exports) Regulations 1958. Read the definition of a high activity radioactive source.

Persons intending to export high activity radioactive sources from Australia should note the following:

  1. In order to export a high activity radioactive source or high activity aggregated sources, the exporting party must have a valid export permit signed by an authorised ARPANSA officer.
  2. The exporting party must enter an export permit number and the correct AHECC code into the Australian Customs Integrated Cargo System (ICS) in order for the shipment to be cleared.

Implementation of export controls fulfils Australia’s obligations under the IAEA’s Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources (Code of Conduct). Further information about the Code of Conduct and its supplementary Guidance on the Import and Export of Radioactive Sources can be found at

See Regulatory requirements for export of high activity radioactive sources & high activity aggregations of sources for further information.

Application form

The applicant should download and complete the application form:

Application for Permission to Export High Activity Radioactive Sources - Single Shipment
(DOC 866kb - updated May 2014)

The Applicant stated on the permit application must:

  • be the exporter of the goods
  • be the stated licensee
  • be suitably licensed with the appropriate Regulatory Authority
  • complete the application in full
  • sign the application

Note: An Export Permit is required for each shipment of high activity radioactive sources.

Submission of the application

The applicant must submit the original completed application to the address contained in the form.


Currently, there is no fee payable for export permit applications. Cost recovery actions for processing export permit applications will begin on 1 January 2017.

The following document is the CEO's notification on his intention to charge export permit application fees. It provides information on the background to this decision and the proposed fee structure.

Notification of Export Processing Fees for Australian Exporters of High Activity Radioactive Materials
PDF 194 kb | DOC 108 kb

ARPANSA invites Australian exporters to provide feedback or ask questions about export permit applications. Submit your comments or questions by 15 December 2016 to the Source Control team at:

Processing time

Applications may take up to 10 working days to process depending, among other matters, on the intended destination of the proposed export.

To the extent practicable, Australia is obliged to notify the importing state of the export of high activity radioactive sources at least seven calendar days in advance of the shipment. The time to process an application is in addition to the time allowed for shipment notification. Applicants should take note of these timeframes when lodging their application.

The approved export permit will be returned to either the applicant or the applicant’s Customs Agent by the method nominated in the application form.

Declaration of a high activity radioactive source export to Customs ICS

The exporter must declare the high activity radioactive nature of the goods to Customs by using the specific Australian Harmonized Export Commodity Classification (AHECC) code for high activity radioactive source exports.

As of 1 January 2015 the AHECC code: 28444010 should be used to identify a high activity radioactive source shipment in the Customs Integrated Cargo System (ICS) prior to export.


Export Permits Officer
PO Box 655
Miranda NSW 1490
Phone: 61 2 9541 8340
Fax: 61 2 9541 8314

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