Jobs and community benefits

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The facility will provide safe, long-term jobs for the community.

Specific job numbers for construction and ongoing operations are dependent on final site design and operational specifications.

ANSTO worker looking at radioactive waste

At least 45 full-time equivalent jobs will be needed to operate the facility.

These will be in site management, administration, security, environmental monitoring, site and building maintenance as well as receiving and packaging waste materials. The vast majority of these jobs can be met through local employment and only a small number of positions will require external specialised experience.

ANSTO working driving forklift to move barrelsThe Government will work with short-listed communities to identify plans to maximise local job and business opportunities including any training needs to support this.

Potential host communities will be eligible for funds under the Community Benefit Programme once they reach the technical assessment stage of the process. After the facility is built at the chosen site, the host community will receive a Capital Contribution Fund of at least $10 million to support local projects. These sources of funds would be expected to drive economic and employment activity.

A Capital Contribution Fund of at least $10 million to support local projects will be made available to the final host community. For this the Government will ask community members to put forward project ideas.

The Government has deliberately not sought to specify the nature or range of possible projects that may be eligible to recognise all communities are unique with different priorities and needs.

A committee with representatives from the State Government and at least three members resident in that state who have expertise in education, infrastructure and health will advise the Minister when administering the fund.

Other community support will include significant supporting infrastructure needed to support the facility, such as access to a stable and reliable communication system, including mobile phone reception and broadband internet. Roads may need to be upgraded to a suitable load standard.

A separate Community Benefit Programme will grant money to potential host communities which have progressed to the technical assessment stage.