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Governance at ANSTO


ANSTO is a highly regulated organisation. Our governance system and processes provide critical guidance to effectively manage ANSTO’s activities. This section outlines the processes and systems that are in place to provide assurance to Government, our stakeholders and the community that we are working within our regulated and mandated requirements.


ANSTO is subject to the provisions of various Commonwealth Acts, Regulations made under these various Acts and Commonwealth Awards. The principal Act is the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation Act 1987 (ANSTO Act) which details the organisation's functions, powers, Board, Chief Executive Officer's duties, staffing, finance and other roles and responsibilities. 

The Act (No. 3 of 1987 as amended) and taking into account amendments up to Act No. 46 109 of 20112017, as prepared by the Office of Legislative Drafting and Publishing, Attorney-General's Department, Canberra (19 September 201727 December 2011) and can be found on the Federal Register of Legislation website.


The ANSTO Board of Directors is appointed by the government to ensure the proper and efficient performance of the functions of ANSTO.

The Board must consider the current policies of the Commonwealth Government in relation to ANSTO's functions, and to Government directives such as the Minister’s Statement of Expectations, that is issued from time to time.