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We’re responsible for establishing a national radioactive waste management facility under the National Radioactive Waste Management Act 2012.
Our community engagement is on-going and the facility will be located only where it’s broadly supported.
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17 March 2020
The department’s response regarding the Federal Court decision about the facility at Napandee.
28 February 2020
A statement regarding native title at Napandee, the site that will host the facility.
13 February 2020
The Australian Government today introduced legislative amendments to support the delivery of a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility at Napandee.
1 February 2020
The decision follows a consultation and technical assessment process spanning more than four years.
13 December 2019
The government acknowledges the outcome of the ballot in communities around Wallerberdina Station, regarding the facility proposal.
11 December 2019
This media statement from a spokesman from the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility covers transportation, safety, types of waste and storage at Lucas Heights.
9 December 2019
We encourage interested people who haven’t done so already, to have their say on the proposed National Radioactive Waste Management Facility.
20 November 2019
The department have released a statement about the process for the selecting a site for the facility.
8 November 2019
The District Council of Kimba has disclosed the Kimba community ballot results.
1 November 2019
We are seeking community sentiments on the proposed site through community ballots, public submissions and surveys.
11 October 2019
The Kimba Health and Fitness Centre was upgraded through funds from the NRWMF Community Benefit Programme.
Australia’s Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation is examining the realities and risks of nanoplastics and their potential effect on human health.
Hawker school students got to experience the ANSTO reactor through virtual reality.
8 October 2019
A further $4 million in funding will go to the two communities being considered for the site of the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility.
13 September 2019
The rolls to vote in the Kimba community ballot are now open. Have your say about the National Radioactive Waste Facility site.
Minister Matt Canavan visited the communities of Kimba and Hawker to discuss the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility.
The Kimba Consultative Committee met on 15 August to discuss the progress of the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility.
Barndioota Consultative Committee met on 13 August to discuss the progress of the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility.
The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation is working with scientists from the US and the UK to save a glacier.
9 August 2019
We have issued a response to media coverage about the Consultative Committee observer protocol.
30 July 2019
In mid-August the Consultative Committees will meet to discuss a broad range of issues regarding the NRWMF.
ANSTO is improving pain relief by investigating paracetamol and applying new technology.
‘The Thing About Kimba’ campaign returns to lift local spending in the region. A great initiative to support economic security in Kimba.
The Kimba community celebrated the opening of the Palliative Care Unit at the Kimba Hospital. This initiative was supported by the NRWMF Community Benefits Programme.
Indigenous residents lead a community NAIDOC event through Hawker, sponsored by the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility.
New facilities at the Quorn Men’s Shed benefits the broader community at one of the proposed sites for the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility.
12 July 2019
The Department welcomes the decision of the Court today in Barngarla Determination Aboriginal Corporation v. District Council of Kimba
10 July 2019
We have issued a response to media coverage of the facility in the Adelaide Advertiser.
21 June 2019
Sydney’s near-on 90-year-old Harbour Bridge will get a 21st century makeover thanks to a new collaboration between ANSTO, Australian universities and NSW Government.
National Radioactive Waste Management Facility committees working with the project met in late March 2019. Read a summary of their discussion.
Meet Shane Holland, who has joined the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility taskforce as our Indigenous Engagement Manager.
Members of the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility Taskforce participated in cultural awareness training.
New facilities at the Kimba Recreation Reserve will be a boon for travellers – encouraging overnight stays and helping to support the local economy.
31 May 2019
Kimba Hospital opens palliative care wing with help from the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility’s Community Benefit Programme.
29 March 2019
The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science recently participated in an interview about the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility.
28 March 2019
A new University of Queensland report provides insights into communities surrounding nominated sites at Kimba and Hawker, for the proposed National Radioactive Waste Management Facility.
28 February 2019
The session provided communities with direct access to the experts who could answer their questions about the current management of radioactive waste, and what the possible future facility would do.
27 February 2019
It is with great sadness that we can confirm that one of our trusted advisors on Dharawal cultural heritage, Les Bursill OAM, passed away suddenly following illness.
15 January 2019
We are consulting in the communities that have nominated a site to have a conversation about hosting this possible new industry, and we will continue to consult until they make a decision.