Security Sensitive Biological Agent (SSBA) Standards (SSBA Standards) - Australian Government


You will be required to comply with this standard if you intend to handle security-sensitive biological agents (SSBA). SSBA are biological agents which could be developed or retained in types and quantities that could allow it to be used as a weapon. All biological agents which are considered to be SSBA are included in a list of SSBA, maintained by the Agency.

These standards set out requirements for the handling, storage, transport and disposal of SSBAs, and the security status of individuals who are entitled to handle or dispose of SSBAs. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance that may be required.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice can be either a legal requirement or non-legal requirement. Legal codes of practice are defined as a result of legislation. Non-legal codes of practice are defined by industry regulators and bodies.

Other resources

Act(s) name

National Health Security Act 2007 AG

Regulation(s) name

National Health Security (SSBA Standards) Determination 2013 AG

Administering agency

Department of Health

Health Emergency Management

Contact details

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Health Emergency Management

Department of Health

Phone: 02 6289 1555
Phone: 1800 020 103