Radioactive materials are used in:
- scientific research
They’re used to diagnose many heart, lung and musculoskeletal conditions and treat specific types of cancer. It’s likely that all Australians will benefit from nuclear medicine in their lifetime.
With these benefits comes a responsibility to safely manage, store and dispose of radioactive waste.
Managing radioactive waste
Radioactive waste is stored in many locations around the country, including:
- science facilities
While safe, these facilities are not purpose-built, and long-term management of Australia’s waste at these locations is not sustainable.