National Repository Project 1992 (abandoned 2004)
The National Repository Project was a project undertaken by the then Australian Government between 1992 and 2004, which sought to site a national low level waste repository.
This process commenced in 1992, with the full cooperation of all state and territory governments. A preferred site near Woomera, South Australia, was selected following a full environmental assessment. However, attempts to acquire the site under the Lands Acquisition Act 1989 were defeated in the Federal Court following legal action by the South Australian Government.
On 14 July 2004, former Prime Minister Howard announced that the Australian Government would abandon the National Repository Project and that a new siting process would begin for a combined low and intermediate level waste management facility. The Commonwealth Radioactive Waste Management Act 2005 was passed by Federal Parliament to facilitate this process.
For more information about the National Repository Project, see Related documents.
The following discussion papers, responses, reports and publications relate to the National Depository Project.
Public discussion papers
Responses to comments received
Bureau of Rural Sciences technical reports
ANSTO and CSIRO reports
Environment Australia reports
Referral and approval process under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999