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About the Australian Radioactive Waste Agency

The Australian Radioactive Waste Agency (ARWA) is Australia’s radioactive waste management organisation.

The agency sits within our department, and will later become a non-corporate Commonwealth entity based in Adelaide, South Australia.

Our role and responsibilities

The agency was established on 21 July 2020 to:

  • manage Australia’s radioactive waste in line with domestic and international regulations
  • deliver and operate Australia’s National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (NRWMF)
  • facilitate communication between government, industry, stakeholders and local communities
  • centralise best practice and knowledge about radioactive waste management, including developing a disposal pathway for intermediate level waste

The agency will manage the full life-cycle of the NRWMF:

  • design
  • construction
  • licensing
  • operation
  • waste management, storage and disposal
  • research and development
  • decommissioning and closure

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Contact us

  • Email
  • Phone 13 28 46
  • Write to us at: Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources; Australian Radioactive Waste Agency, GPO Box 2013, Canberra ACT 2601

Last updated: 1 April 2021

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