During November 2018, the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) hosted an Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) mission from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
The IRRS’s main purpose was to strengthen and enhance Australia’s regulatory effectiveness and radiation safety, by sharing international knowledge and regulatory experiences. It benchmarked Australia’s framework for nuclear and radiation safety against international best practice.
All Australian state and territory radiation protection regulators participated, making the 2018 Australian IRRS the largest multi-jurisdictional mission ever undertaken.
The IAEA Deputy Director General Mr Juan Carlos Lentijo highlighted, ‘countries that invite IRRS missions, such as Australia, demonstrate their openness and transparency. This shows they want to contribute to a stronger global safety regime by disseminating and setting up good practices, and understanding lessons learnt.’
The IRRS report will be finalised by the IAEA over the coming months and provided to ARPANSA in early 2019, after which the report will be made public. For more information visit ‘What’s New’ on ARPANSA’s website.