National Radioactive Waste Management Project

Closed 10 Nov 2014

Opened 8 Sep 2014

Overview

The Australian Government is committed to ensuring Australia has an appropriate facility for the management of radioactive waste created within Australia.

The Government’s approach to securing a site is consistent with leading practice for the management of low level and intermediate level radioactive waste.  The Government’s approach requires:

  • A volunteer process that brings forward multiple site options for consideration;
  • Evidenced and undisputed consent from landowners of potential sites; and
  • Rigorous regulatory approval processes for potential sites

Why We Are Consulting

The National Radioactive Waste Management Act 2012 (the Act) specifically introduced the nationwide volunteer process as a means of finding a site for a radioactive waste management facility.  Prior to this only land in the Northern Territory could be considered.

The Minister for Industry proposes to make a declaration under section 6 of the Act to open a nationwide volunteer process for nominating land as a potential site for a facility.

A declaration under section 6 would end the volunteer process in section 5 of the Act, which is confined to Aboriginal Land Councils in the Northern Territory.

If a declaration under section 6 is in effect, a person or persons may, in accordance with section 7 of the Act, nominate land in a State, the Australian Capital Territory or the Northern Territory as a potential site for a radioactive waste management facility.

This notice is made in accordance with subsection 10(1)(b) of the National Radioactive Waste Management Act 2012.

What Happens Next

The public comment period on the Minister for Industry’s proposal to make a declaration under Section 6 of the National Radioactive Waste Management Act 2012 to commence a nationwide site nomination process has now closed. The comment period opened on 8 September 2014 and closed on 10 November 2014.

The Minister will take into account all relevant considerations, including all relevant comments received, in deciding whether to make a declaration.

Audiences

  • General public

Interests

  • Radioactive Waste Management