Australia’s Radiation Levels


The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA[K.1] ) have set the maximum allowable power density limit for mobile telecommunications equipment to 1000 microwatts per centimetre squared (uW/cm2).

In 2001, a Senate Inquiry into the Effects of Electromagnetic Radiation saw a recommendation by the Committee Chair of a maximum power density output of 200uW/cm2, however this (and many, if not all of the recommendations) was overturned and ARPANSA aligned out levels with the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) guidelines, along with the USA, UK and most of Canada.  

ARPANSA provide power density calculations for all mobile telecommunications equipment via ‘EME Reports’ on the Radio Frequency National Site Archine (RFNSA) website, measured in milliwatts per metre squared (mW/m2). To convert mW/m2 to uW/cm2, you simply need to divide the number by 10, i.e.:

100 mW/m2 = 10 uW/cm2

1000 mW/m2 = 100 uW/cm2

10,000 mW/m2 = 1000 uW/cm2

 [K.1]Link to Resources – ARPANSA page


How do our levels compare to the rest of the world?