ORSAA members have been very critical of the ARPANSA TRS-164 report. ARPANSA had assembled a large number of papers (1354) but then failed to use them in their review of the science from 2000-2012.
At the Wollongong NSW ARPS conference in 2017, two papers were presented:
In response, ARPANSA justified their position with a letter to the editor of the ARPS Journal (the journal of the Australasian Radiation Protection Society):
Karipidis, K. and Tinker, R. (2018). Letter to the Editor, Radiation Protection in Australasia, 35(1), 29-30, download below.
ORSAA authors have since responded with a letter to the Journal Editor. Download the full letter below.
Bandara, P, Weller, S. and Leach, V. (2018). Health Risks of Wireless Technologies, Radiation Protection in Australasia, 35(2), 22-26, download below.
Conclusion (from the Bandara and Leach response):
ARPANSA has ignored a large evidence base that challenges their position. The scientific evidence we have collated, presented and made publicly available demonstrates that there are biological/health effects occurring at exposures well below the ARPANSA standard. Therefore, ARPANSA’s claim that there is “no substantiated evidence that RF exposure at levels below the limits of the ARPANSA Standard causes harm to humans” is misleading. A risk management approach should be adopted urgently for RF-EMR with ALARA as the mainstay of this plan. Wireless technology is not risk-free as implied by ARPANSA’s claim of “no established evidence of harm”. Australians need to be informed of the risks so that they can make informed decisions when it comes to the use of wireless technology, particularly with regards to more vulnerable groups such as children.