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Pathogenic microorganisms

At Curtin we study pathogenic microorganisms, seeking cures for the diseases of people, animals and plants.

For information about how to handle the samples, refer to Sections 3-5 of the Australian/New Zealand Standard 2243.3:2022 Safety in laboratories Part 3: Microbiological safety and containment. Curtin staff and students have access to the Standard through Curtin Library’s TechStreet account.

If you can handle your microorganism at the same PC level as their RG then you don’t need approval from your Biosafety Partner. This includes handling the microorganism entirely within a Class II Biosafety Cabinet if it can be infective via the respiratory route. However, if you need to use non-standard methods, contact your Biosafety Partner. They will help you to assess the risks of your methods before you can begin work.


We recommended you get the appropriate immunisations listed in The Australian Immunisation Handbook 2018. There may be other vaccinations available that are relevant to the samples you are handling.

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.