Dentists—as well as GPs, nurses and scientists—who operate radiation equipment are among more than 14,500 professionals who can now renew and manage their radiation user licence online through the NSW Environment Protection Authority’s (EPA) eConnect portal.
The licence is compulsory for anyone in NSW who works on a professional basis with radioactive substances, ionising radiation apparatus and sealed source devices.
The portal, launched last year, will also benefit the 1,500 people who apply for new licences each year by allowing them to complete the process online at their convenience.
Acting EPA chief environmental regulator David Fowler said that eConnect would be rolled out to more people and organisations regulated by the EPA as soon as possible.
“Small business, industry and local government told us they wanted to manage their EPA activities online,” he said.
“Now thousands of EPA licensees are able to—at a time, place, and on a device of their choosing—have access to the portal over the coming months.
“Time is one of the most valuable things for a business and eConnect will significantly reduce the amount of time and paper involved for our licensees to meet their obligations.”
Annual reporting required from environment protection licence holders as well as new licence applications can already be submitted through this service. The development of eConnect aligns with the NSW government’s state priority of achieving 70 per cent of transactions carried out online by 2017-18.
eConnect EPA can be accessed via the EPA website.
Feedback on eConnect EPA will be vital in continuously improving eConnect EPA and can be shared by emailing: eConnect.EPA@epa.nsw.gov.au.