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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. Later it will become a non-corporate Commonwealth entity based in Adelaide, South Australia.

Our role and responsibilities

The agency was established in 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
  • 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 radioactive waste.

We will manage the full life-cycle of the facility:

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

Our work also involves:

Our staff

Our staff have the experience and skills to put ARWA at the forefront of the global nuclear waste management field. We aim to deliver a world class facility for Australia.

Consultative committees

Consultative committees continue to advise ARWA about the facility site for a limited time.

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Contact us

  • Email arwa [at] industry.gov.au
  • 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: 23 June 2021

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