Australians benefit enormously from nuclear medicine and research activities. Around 1 in 2 Australians will use nuclear medicine in their lifetime. With these benefits comes a responsibility to safely manage our radioactive waste.
Currently, Australia’s radioactive waste is stored in more than 100 locations around the country. Australia needs a single, safe, purpose-built radioactive waste management facility.
National Radioactive Waste Management Facility site
The department is responsible for establishing a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (NRWMF) under the National Radioactive Waste Management Act 2012. The selection process for a suitable site involved community consultation and technical assessment over 4 years.
The facility will be a new industry for the host community and will attract an injection of local investment. In addition to funding, the community will see job opportunities and improved infrastructure.
Community Skills and Development Package
A Community Development Package of up to $31 million will be available for the host community. This package includes:
$20 million community fund to provide long-term support for the region
$8 million of grants to strengthen the economic and skills base of the host community
$3 million from the government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy will support the delivery of an Aboriginal Economic Heritage Participation plan
Community Benefits Programme
The NRWMF Benefit Programme has provided funding to each community to acknowledge their contribution to the project. Sporting clubs, community organisations, and projects focused on tourism, health and more have been funded.
The facility will need staff for:
Based on staffing levels in similar facilities elsewhere, the NRWMF will provide at least 45 jobs.
The facility may require upgrades to surrounding infrastructure, benefiting the broader community. Infrastructure that has been assessed as part of the site characterisation studies includes water, power, communications, transport and waste.
Community consultation is an important part of the NRWMF project. The taskforce has a dedicated team to engage with the local communities on all aspects of the proposed facility.
Historical webpages and documents about the NRWMF can be found on the Australia Government 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.