Service Charter


This Service Charter sets out a statement of what ANSTO does and the standards of product and service you can expect from the organisation.

 

Who we are


ANSTO is Australia's national nuclear organisation. Its functions and activities are set down by the ANSTO Act 1987. ANSTO is a statutory authority with its own Board and reports to the Australian Parliament.

 

What we do


We offer products and services and undertake research and development projects in:

 

  • The application, manufacture and supply of radiopharmaceuticals
  • Irradiation services including radioactivity and dosimetry standardisation
  • Radiation protection and occupational health and safety
  • Environmental monitoring and dosimetry services
  • The design, construction, installation and testing of equipment and facilities to meet rigorous regulatory standards
  • Risk, reliability and safety management
  • The management of radioactive wastes
  • Environmental management
  • The application of isotopes, neutrons and radioanalytical techniques to understanding environmental and industrial processes and providing solutions
  • Analysis, characterisation and modification of materials by neutrons, ion beams and X-rays, and
  • The processing of minerals and ceramics
     

 


 

Our mission

 

  • To provide expert scientific and technical advice across the nuclear fuel cycle to government and to support Australia's national strategic and nuclear policy objectives
  • To operate large nuclear science and technology based facilities in Australia and overseas for the benefit of industry and the Australian research and development community, including postgraduate students and staff in higher education
  • To undertake research on specific topics to advance the understanding of nuclear science and the nuclear fuel cycle
  • To apply resulting technologies and other relevant unique capabilities to focused research and development and other scientific activities to increase the competitiveness of Australian industry and improve the quality of life for all Australians

 

 


 

 

Our core values

 

  • Curiosity: Harness our curiosity to explore new opportunities and create an environment where ideas can thrive
  • Excellence: Consistently delivering high value outcomes and looking for ways to improve the quality of our performance
  • Leadership: Ownership, accountability and working with integrity to inspire and motivate others
  • Trust and respect: An inclusive environment that's built on our trust and respect for each other's contributions and capabilities
  • Working together: Success through collaboration, team work and a sense of collective purpose
  • Safe, secure and sustainable: Three key principles that underpin everything we do and every decision we make
 

 



Our customers


ANSTO's customers come from both Australia and overseas. They include:

 

  • Companies engaged in manufacturing, mining, mineral processing, environmental management, the health sector, petrochemical, energy and other technology based industries, and emerging high technology companies
  • Government and international organisations
  • Academia and research organisations

 

ANSTO works with its customers in a number of ways. These include:

 

  • Supplying products and services
  • Undertaking research and development for and in partnership with government, industry and other research organisations
  • Licensing our intellectual property for use elsewhere
  • Providing consultancies
  • Sponsored research
  • Joint business activities

 



Our customer service standards


We will:

 

  • Treat all customers fairly, impartially and courteously
  • Respond promptly to our customers requests
  • Understand our customers business needs
  • Provide fair and easily understood business arrangements that include mutual understanding and identification of each party's obligations
  • Ensure our proposals, quality of service, reports and products are of a high standard
  • Ensure the consistency and timeliness of service delivery with contractual terms
  • Provide appropriate follow up advice and support
  • Maintain appropriate confidentiality
  • Comply with relevant health, safety and environmental regulations and guidelines
  • Listen to our customers when they suggest ways to improve our services and give serious consideration to all suggestions

 



If you phone, we will:

 

  • Your call will be answered promptly during normal office hours
  • We will tell you the name of the person and area you have contacted
  • We will transfer or refer you to an appropriate person if we are unable to assist you at first instance
  • We will take your contact details and tell you when you can expect to receive a response, if we are not able to answer your query immediately

 


 

If you email your enquiry to enquiries@ansto.gov.au, we will:

 

  • Acknowledge receipt of your request within two working days
  • Reply within ten working days or, if your business inquiry is more complex and requires more time, inform you of our progress in answering it

 

 


 

 

If you write, we will:

 

  • Reply within ten working days or, if more time is required, inform you of the progress of your business inquiry
  • Provide contact names and phone numbers in all correspondence


ANSTO is a body corporate. Decisions on programs and activities within the organisation rest with the organisation.

 


 

How to get information


ANSTO seeks to assist the community in being well informed on our objectives and activities by providing up-to-date information in a wide variety of forms, including an Internet website.

 

To this end, we will provide reasonable information on our organisation, funding and activities free of charge to the community. We will also provide leaflets, booklets or other publications, where they are available, free of charge.

 

Information held by ANSTO and relevant to its functions as described under the ANSTO Act will be provided to the public within 20 working days, and will be in plain English. A request for such information must be as specific as possible and, unless of a straight-forward nature, in writing.

 

Public enquiries on an urgent issue will receive an immediate response from ANSTO. However, where the request would involve the use of substantial resources or produce an extensive workload, we will:

 

  • Provide the inquirer with an estimate of the resources or workload involved, identifying all subject headings relating to the request
  • Negotiate a more specific request, a fee for the provision of the information, and a time-frame for delivery


ANSTO is not able to make available:

 

  • Information that is confidential from a personal, business, legal, government or national security perspective, or is incomplete or in draft reports
  • Documents containing information which would come within the exemptions specified in the Freedom of Information Act 1982 or documents which could clearly endanger safety


ANSTO reserves the right to publicly disclose any request for information and any information provided pursuant to this Service Charter.

 


 

Monitoring and review


We welcome your feedback on our performance so we can improve our standards of service. If you have a compliment or suggestion, we will ensure that the relevant staff receive recognition or ideas for consideration.

 

If you are not satisfied with our services or have any concerns about them, please discuss this with the person you dealt with or their supervisor, and he or she will try to resolve your concerns.
 

If you are dissatisfied at any time with our handling of your complaint, or you feel that your complaint has still not been dealt with satisfactorily using ANSTO's internal mechanism, you may contact an office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman. The Commonwealth Ombudsman has offices in each State and Territory except Tasmania.

 

Complaints can be made:

 

  • In person at any of these offices
  • By telephoning 1300 362 072
  • By writing to: The Commonwealth Ombudsman, GPO Box 442, Canberra, ACT 2601
  • Via the internet on the Commonwealth Ombudsman's home page

 



Checking our performance


We will:

 

  • Monitor and evaluate our performance against the standards we have set in this Charter
  • Report on our performance in the ANSTO Annual Report
  • Make improvements on the basis of the monitoring process