Australian Radioactive Waste Agency

We lead the process to responsibly manage our nation’s radioactive waste now and into the future.

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.

Australian Radioactive Waste Agency logo

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.

Site selection

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.

Minister’s statement of reasons for the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility site declaration

The Minister declared part of the land at Napandee as the site for the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility.

Selecting a national radioactive waste management site

The site selection process involved voluntary nomination, public and community consultation and technical assessments over 6 years.

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.