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Before conducting research or teaching activities at Curtin, you must identify the hazards inherent in your work, document your safety protocols in a written risk assessment, and seek any approvals you need from Curtin or Government regulatory bodies. To do this you need to complete the Research Initiation Guide (RIG).

Biosafety training and guidelines

Biosafety training

Download the Biosafety Manual [.pdf 372kB], which contains all of the relevant guidelines for handling biological materials.

Genetically modified organisms

Before beginning your research or teaching work using Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), you must tell the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) what you plan to do, and get the appropriate written approvals.

Log into InfoEd to fill in an application form. If you need help with the application, please contact the biosafety advisor.

Quarantined materials and biosecurity

Biosecurity (quarantine) is a critical part of the government’s efforts to prevent, respond to and recover from pests and diseases that threaten the economy and environment.

If you want to import biological materials or soil/sand/rock from overseas or interstate, they will be subject to quarantine regulation.

Pathogenic microorganisms

Some of our people study pathogenic or infectious microorganisms, trying to find cures for diseases of people, animals and plants.

Security Sensitive Biological Agents (SSBAs)

The Security Sensitive Biological Agents (SSBA) Regulatory Scheme limits the opportunities for acts of bioterrorism or biocrime to occur using harmful biological agents.

Curtin is not registered to work with SSBAs, so it’s illegal for any of our people to store or work with SSBAs.

Transporting and storing biological materials

Transporting biological materials is a regulated activity, and you must do it following the guidelines and regulations below.

Storing biological materials

Biosafety advisor and committee