Before arrival

In order to conduct experiments you will need to:


  • Obtain an ANSTO security pass
  • Indicate all scientists who will participate in the experiment in the web portal database
  • Follow online training and pass exam
  • Follow onsite training on arrival

Please check the following details:


1. Security Information 

If you do not have an ANSTO security pass, please contact the ANSTO User Office and request the initiation of the ANSTO security application process. Phone +61 2 9717 9111, or email the ANSTO User Office. Security clearances take a minimum of 6 weeks and up to 8 weeks for processing depending on the level of clearance required, although they can take longer. The ANSTO Security desk is open weekdays, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.  The provision of information requested, in a timely and accurate manner, assists in the processing of the application without unnecessary delays. Any documents that are not in English must have an official translation accompanying it. 

Information on validity of security passes.


2. Training

All participants are required to complete the online training for both the ANSTO Site Induction and ACNS Online Training prior to arriving. This training is valid for three years and the modules are available on the ACNS Portal. Here are instructions on how to complete the training: 
1 .   ANSTO Site Safety Induction
This course will take you approximately 40 minutes. We recommend that you complete this induction at your earliest convenience. You cannot start without having completed this online induction.Please click on the following link to access the induction: and select the Site Safety Induction module.
The login details are as follows:
Username: induction
Password: safety
For your information, you will be asked to enter the details below when completing the online induction:
Supervisor's name: Joseph Bevitt 
Division: ACNS 
Building number: Building 87 
Contract Period Start Date: 
Contract Period End Date: 

2. ACNS Online Training
Step 1 - login to the ACNS Online Training System
using the same login and password that you used for the ACNS Customer Portal.
Step 2 - Proceed to complete the required online training modules. These should take approximately 30 minutes each to complete. The training modules consist of a presentation followed by a quiz. In the event that you do not achieve the required pass for a quiz you are required resit the quiz until you achieve the required pass mark.
Step 3 - Prior to your arrival at ANSTO all visiting scientist are required to complete a Bragg Institute Visitor Request Form which can be found here:

On arrival you will have to follow onsite induction training and sign a user agreement before you will get access to the neutron-guide hall.


3. Scientists participating in experiment

If you are the Principal Scientist you are requested to check that all scientists involved in your experiment have a security pass and have been declared at least 48 hours in advance. Failure to do so may result in refusal of entry for undeclared persons. Fill out the Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering visitor form for each member of your party.


4. Organising your samples and experimental needs

All samples and any other chemicals you are bringing must be added to your proposal via the Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering Customer Portal 6 weeks in advance. This allows time for an ANSTO approved MSDS to be created if none exists. Note that all chemical compounds being brought to the facility must have an MSDS.

Inquiries about the National Deuteration Facility should be directed to Dr. Peter Holden.

 Transporting samples to and from the Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering.

5. Travel and accommodation 

6. Information for Overseas Visitors

International users can no longer use the Business ETA visa and we suggest you obtain a Subclass 400 visa to come to ANSTO and attend your experiment(s),
as explained below.

Please note that on 23 March 2013, the Australian Government changed the conditions on the Business ETA visa to allow a person to undertake the following activities (undertaking of  business enquiries and contractual negotiations, and attending conferences).  The ETA specifically notes: "Business visitor activities do not include work. If you want to do short-term, highly specialised, non-ongoing work in Australia, you can apply for a Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visa (Subclass 400)."

The Subclass 400 visa has replaced the visa Subclasses below. If you already hold one of these visas for your visit, it will still be valid until the date you were given when it was granted:

  • Business (Short Stay) visa (subclass 456)
  • Sponsored Business Visitor (Short Stay) visa (subclass 459)
  • Electronic Travel Authority (Business Entrant—Short Validity) (subclass 977)
  • Electronic Travel Authority (Business Entrant—Long Validity) (subclass 956)
  • eVisitor visa (subclass 651).

For further information please read:

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