The Australian Radioactive Waste Agency (ARWA) is leading the process to responsibly manage our nation’s radioactive waste now and into the future.
Radioactive materials are used in:
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.
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.
The Australian Radioactive Waste Management Framework shows how we will effectively manage radioactive waste throughout its life cycle.
We’re establishing the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility 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 National Radioactive Waste Management Amendment (Site Specification, Community Fund and Other Measures) Act 2020 passed the houses of Parliament in June 2021.
The new Act will amend the National Radioactive Waste Management Act 2012. The amendments maintain the Ministerial site declaration process and provides legislative recognition of the shortlisted sites.
The Minister announced the intention to declare part of the land at Napandee as the site to host the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility in August 2021.
The declaration process includes consultation with those who have a right or interest in the nominated land.
Read more about the intention to declare.
Read more about the site selection process for the facility.
See a video of the concept design.
The facility will provide a new industry for its host community with:
The community that hosts the facility will receive a Community Development Package of up to $31 million. This package includes:
Communities considered during the site selection process have received several rounds of grant funding through a Community Benefit Program. This funding:
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Last updated: 11 August 2021
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