Research and Research Training Portfolio

Security Sensitive Biological Agents

The Commonwealth Department of Health monitors a list of Security Sensitive Biological Agents (SSBAs) which may pose significant risk to human health, the environment and the Australian economy if deliberately released.

A list of Tier 1 (highest security risk) and Tier 2 (high security risk) SSBAs is published here.

The use of SSBAs is regulated, with conditions attached to their storage, transport and end uses. Further information can be obtained from the Department of Health SSBA Guidelines and SSBA Fact Sheets.

If you intend to use any agent on the SSBA List, you must contact Research Governance prior to obtaining the agent.