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About the Australian Radioactive Waste Agency

We are Australia’s radioactive waste management organisation.

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23 August 2023


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.

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:

ARWA-ARPANSA Liaison Forum

We meet regularly with ARPANSA for strategic discussions about:

  • regulatory requirements
  • international and national developments in radiation and nuclear safety
  • security and emergency preparedness response for radioactive waste management.