Radioactive materials are used in medicine, scientific research, industry, agriculture, and technology.
They’re used to diagnose and treat heart, lung or muscular skeletal conditions, or certain cancers. It’s likely that all Australians will benefit from nuclear medicine in their lifetime.
With these benefits comes a responsibility to safely manage radioactive waste.
Managing radioactive waste
Currently, Australia’s radioactive waste is stored in more than 100 locations around the country. To solve this problem, we’re establishing a single, safe and purpose-built facility.
Establishing the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility
We’re establishing the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (NRWMF) under the National Radioactive Waste Management Act 2012.
The facility will:
A separate future facility will permanently dispose of Australia’s intermediate-level waste.
The government declared a parcel of land near Kimba in South Australia as the site for the facility. This is a significant step in the establishment of this crucial piece of national infrastructure. It helps to secure the future of Australia’s nuclear medicine industry and our nuclear research capabilities.
Delivering community benefits
The facility will provide a new industry for its host community with:
- job opportunities during construction and ongoing
- improved infrastructure, including water, power, communications, transport and waste
- increased local investment.
As the host community for the facility, Kimba in South Australia will receive a community development package of up to $31 million. This package includes:
- $20 million community fund to provide long-term support for the region
- $8 million of grants to strengthen the economic and skills base of the host community
- up to $3 million from the government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy to support Indigenous opportunities.
We are also sponsoring activities in the Kimba community that support our community engagement and provide tangible benefits. Local not-for-profit organisations can apply for up to $2,000 each.
Communities in proximity to the nominated sites considered during the site selection process have received several rounds of grant funding through a community benefit program. This funding:
- recognises social impacts on communities near the nominated sites
- increases economic opportunities for affected communities.