The University of Queensland is committed to providing a safe workplace for all staff and students as well as visitors to the University.

Biosafety is a part of the overall Occupational Health and Safety program at UQ and it is important that all staff and students appreciate the potential health risks in using biohazardous materials in the workplace. The proper management of these hazards is a regulatory requirement.

Permits and Approvals to Work with Biological Materials

Refer to the following sections depending on the type of work or research you are conducting.

Permits or Approvals are required for the following: 

Genetic Manipulation 

Including Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO), Genetically Modified Micro-organisms (GMMO), Genetically Modified Material inlcuding animals or plants containing GMOs or GMMOs

High Risk Biologicals or Potentially Hazardous Biologicals 

Including infectious microorganisms, biological toxins, working with unscreened human or animal tissue 


Including - importing biological material, exporting and facilities 

Security Sensitive Biological Agents

Includes the regulation of those biologicals that could be used as biological weapons

Pest Plants

Defence Trade Control - for biological material and information

This includes the export of some biologicals and the sharing of information overseas. 

Biodiscovery Agreement - collection of native flora and fauna

CITES - Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild fauna and flora

Animal and Human Ethics

Ethics applications are obtained through the Research Management Office:   


  • Training including OHS-Biosafety, spills, quarantine and videos 

UQ Biosafety Contact details

 Biological Safety Advisors:


Dr Amanda Jones
Phone 336 51819
Sophie O'Neill
Phone  334 69173
Kerrin Henderson
Phone  334 69489

GATTON CAMPUS: BIOSECURITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE - Note this committee specifically considers biosafety and biosecurity issues for the Gatton Campus. It is not run by the UQ IBC or the OHS Division, but membership includes a UQ Biosafety Advisor, and the Chair is a member of the IBC. 


OHS at the University of Queensland
Staff at all levels within the University of Queensland have specific responsibilities for ensuring OHS. These responsibilities are principally based on the Queensland Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and related legislation. The University of Queensland OHS policy further reinforces these responsibilities. The specific OHS responsibilities of staff is dependent on their role within the University. Teaching staff as well as research staff are required to know and abide by the requirements of both the OHS legislation and relevant guidelines developed by the University. Refer to PPL 2.40 Workplace Health and Safety.
The OHS website provides information such as the online risk assessment database, hazard alerts, guidelines and undergraduate and post graduate manuals.


Biosafety section

Biosafety Approvals for Potentially Hazardous Biologicals

Proposals Involving High Risk Biological Material.

Other Biological Permits & Approvals

Teratogens/Carcinogens; Ethics; Pest Plants

UQ Institutional Biosafety Committee (UQ IBC)

The UQ IBC consists of the main committee which meets three times per year, and a sub-committee (UQ IBC-SC) which meets approximately every 6 weeks. It is the responsibility of the UQ IBC Sub-Committee to assess all ...

AS2243.3 2010 Risk Group Tables & Appendix F

This site is password protected, only UQ staff and students may log in using their username and password

Bicon Account Admistrators - UQ

A list of Bicon Account Admistrators - UQ

Biodiscovery Collection Authority

To take and use native biological material from stat...

Biosafety FAQ

Frequently asked questions regarding Biosafety, GMOs and quarantine


CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between g...

Consumable & PPE links for Biology Labs

Defence Trades Biologicals

  Some biological material is regulated ...


an informal bookclub meeting was held on the 22nd March 2011 to discuss options and implementation of safety eyewear. You will need to use your UQ username and password to sign in to view the shared information

Genetic Modification

Genetic Manipulation Forms.

Grey Folder Templates


Pest plants



Importing & Exporting

Security Sensitive Biological Agents (SSBA)

  The regulatory scheme has been implemented to improve the security of biological agents of security concern in Australia. It builds on Australia's obligations under the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention and UN Security Co...

Transport of Biological Material & Animals

Requirements for transporting Biologicals The transport of biological material is regulated by a variety of legislation depending on whether the transport will be by ai...


Biosafety Forms and Guidelines   Biological safety - infectious/potentially infectious microorganims Working with Potentially Hazardous Biologicals