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Australians benefit enormously from nuclear medicine and research activities. 1 in 2 Australians will use nuclear medicine in their lifetime. With these benefits comes a responsibility to manage radioactive waste.

Currently, Australia’s radioactive waste is stored in more than 100 locations around the country. 

We need a single, safe, purpose-built radioactive waste management facility. The National Radioactive Waste Management Facility Taskforce is considering 3 voluntarily nominated sites.

Our community engagement is on-going and the facility will be located only where it’s broadly supported. 

We’re responsible for establishing a national radioactive waste management facility (NRWMF) under the National Radioactive Waste Management Act 2012.

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land and celebrate their ongoing culture and contribution to society.

See our concept design 

See a description of the concept design

Types of radioactive waste 

The NRWMF will permanently dispose of low-level radioactive waste and temporarily store intermediate-level waste. 

Radioactive waste management involves the treatment, conditioning, transportation, storage and disposal of radioactive waste, including administrative, operational and safety-related activities.

For more information on radiation levels and waste management, visit the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) website.

Community consultation 

Community consultation is an important part of establishing the NRWMF. We seek community feedback and advice on a number of key aspects including:

  • site design
  • environmental monitoring
  • jobs
  • business opportunities 

We’ve held many community information sessions with talks from a variety of experts, including:

  • nuclear production and waste management managers from the ANSTO
  • Indigenous consultants and site suitability experts from Geoscience Australia
  • radiation safety experts from RioTinto
  • a Professor in Nuclear Medicine

Consultative committees

We have two consultative committees—Kimba and Barndioota—that provide the department with advice. View information about the consultative committees and their meeting minutes.

Facility and site selection information  

We’ve developed a number of comprehensive information materials about the facility around site selection, cultural significance, technical operations and community benefits.

Historical information

Historical webpages and documents about the NRWMF can be found on the National Library of Australia’s web archive. We’re aware there are discrepancies with data capture of some documents in the archive; if you’re having difficulty accessing any documents, please contact us.

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Contact us

  • Email radioactivewaste@industry.gov.au
  • Phone 13 28 46
  • Write to us at: Department of Industry, Innovation and Science; National Radioactive Waste Section, GPO Box 2013, Canberra ACT 2601

Last updated: 18 April 2019

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