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National Directory for Radiation Protection - Document Development

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See National Directory for Radiation Protection (RPS 6) for the current edition of the NDRP.


National Directory for Radiation Protection Edition 1 (published August 2004)

Edition 1 of the National Directory for Radiation Protection was published in August 2004 in both hardcopy and electronic formats. Edition 1 can be downloaded via the following link: NDRP Edition 1 (PDF 817kb)


In August 1999, AHMC endorsed the development of the NDRP as the means of achieving uniformity in radiation protection practices between Australian jurisdictions. The RHC prepared the NDRP for approval by AHMC via a process for issues resolution that included meeting the Council of Australian Governments’ (COAG) requirements for national standard setting. Members of the RHC include representatives from all states and territories and the Commonwealth.

Ministers recognised that a variety of agencies such as mines, occupational health and safety and transport agencies have a legislated responsibility for aspects of radiation safety in many jurisdictions and, as such, these other agencies would need to be actively involved in measures to progress national uniformity, including the development of the NDRP. The development of the NDRP was also supported by the recommendations of the National Competition Policy (NCP) Review of Radiation Protection Legislation (May 2001), which was endorsed by all participating jurisdictions. Queensland did not participate in the NCP Review, but endorsed the recommendations relating to uniformity.


The purpose of the NDRP is therefore to provide nationally uniform and agreed:

  • requirements for the protection of people and the environment against exposure or potential exposure to ionising and non-ionising radiation
  • requirements for the safety of radiation sources, including provision for the national adoption of codes and standards
  • clear regulatory statements for adoption by the Commonwealth, states and territories into their legislation.

AHMC agreed that upon consideration and approval of the provisions of the NDRP, the regulatory elements of the NDRP would be adopted in each jurisdiction as soon as possible, using existing Commonwealth/state/territory regulatory frameworks.


The NDRP was developed to address the needs of radiation protection regulators but it will also benefit other sectors involved in implementing radiation controls, such as mining and occupational health and safety regulators. The development of the NDRP involved full consultation with stakeholders. As AHMC had already made a decision to develop the NDRP, a Regulatory Impact Statement analysed the impact of provisions of the NDRP and not other regulatory options.

As the Directory will be completed in stages, some sections of Edition 1 do not contain details of radiation protection requirements or guidelines. Where this is the case, a short commentary has been provided on what can be expected in future editions of the Directory.

Following the consideration of public comment and preparation of a revised version, the RHC approved the draft NDRP out-of-session on 20 May 2004. The draft NDRP was submitted to Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council (AHMAC) on 10 June and subsequently to AHMC for approval at its 29 July 2004 meeting. At the meeting, AHMC endorsed this version of the NDRP as the uniform national framework for radiation protection in Australia. Ministers noted that further cost-benefit analysis would be undertaken sufficient to meet the statutory requirements in each jurisdiction, and that Edition 1 would not apply to mining and mineral processing industries. Mining and mineral processing was omitted from Edition 1 pending further consultation with the industry, completion of the Code of Practice on mining and mineral processing, development of a process for consideration of exemptions and specification of incident reporting requirements in the industry. The scope of the NDRP was later expanded to include mining and mineral processing as part of Amendment No.1 published in 2009.

The additional cost-benefit analysis ) was undertaken and a Final Regulatory Impact Statement completed in January 2005 after officers in all jurisdictions confirmed that the analysis met their legislative requirements. AHMAC confirmed in June 2005 that the updated RIS and cost-benefit analysis met their earlier requirement and agreed to advise Ministers that implementation of the Directory should proceed in all jurisdictions. In December 2005 Ministers confirmed out of session that the cost-benefit analysis met requirements and implementation of the Directory should proceed.

Structure of the NDRP

  • PART A - sets out the agreed principles and overall framework for radiation protection in Australia. It is expected that jurisdictions will adopt these principles as reviews of legislation come forward.
  • PART B - contains the uniform regulatory elements, which are to be adopted by each jurisdiction, within its particular regulatory framework.
  • PART C - contains guidance that will assist regulators in adopting consistent approaches, but is not regulatory in nature.

Review of the NDRP - Edition 1

In April 2007, the Radiation Health Committee (RHC) made a request to the Radiation Health and Safety Advisory Council to undertake a review of the efficiency and effectiveness of the NDRP - Edition 1. A review of this type, to be held after 3 years operation had been agreed during the development process of the NDRP.

The review was completed in September 2008, and Council's advice to the CEO and RHC is available at RHSAC Statements.

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