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 government has declared part of the land at Napandee near Kimba in South Australia as the site for the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (NRWMF).
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.
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:
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:
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:
Our community conversations sessions bring together small groups to discuss opportunities and challenges around a single topic.
The sessions inform the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility project as it progresses.
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Last updated: 17 February 2022
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