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The Uranium Council supports the sustainable development of Australia’s uranium industry.
The Council’s objectives are to:
- influence legislative and policy frameworks to support the sustainable development and effective regulation of the industry
- provide a forum for industry to raise barriers to investment
- improve policy coordination and consistency (where appropriate) across governments
- facilitate information-sharing on issues affecting the uranium industry
Membership includes representatives from the:
- Australian Government
- state and territory governments
- industry bodies
- uranium mining and exploration companies
The Council meets once a year and can communicate out of session. Our department provides secretariat support.
Uranium Council activities fall under four broad themes.
Activities under this theme address issues affecting the industry's ability to operate in Australia. This includes land access for exploration and regulatory frameworks.
Key activities include the development of:
- principles to guide uranium company engagement with Indigenous communities
- a uranium transport strategy for domestic and international shipments
- the Guide to Safe Transport of Uranium Oxide Concentrate
Activities under this theme address the uranium industry’s potential impacts on health, safety and the environment.
- In-situ Recovery Best Practice Guidelines
- supporting the implementation of best practice standards in radiological protection of non-human biota
- implementing the Australian National Radiation Dose Register
- commissioning the Aquatic Toxicity Assessment: Environmental Hazard Classification of Uranium Products
Activities under the stewardship theme promote safe and responsible management of Australia’s uranium resources. This include issues such as safety and non-proliferation in countries Australia exports to.
Activity includes participation in international uranium safety forums, such as those hosted by the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Indigenous communication and economic development
Activities under this theme look at opportunities for greater cooperation between the uranium industry, governments and Indigenous communities.
Activity includes a suite of Uranium Facts for Indigenous communities exposed to the prospect of uranium mining. For copies, please contact us.
- A Guide to Leading Practice Sustainable Development in Mining
- Minerals Council of Australia Uranium Forum
- Australian Radiation Protection Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA)
- Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission (South Australia)
- The Facts about uranium mining in South Australia [3.2MB PDF]
- Government of South Australia Response to the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission (2016) [415KB PDF]
- Australia’s Identified Mineral Resources 2017 (Geoscience Australia, 2017) [23MB PDF]
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Last updated: 8 December 2020
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