Security Sensitive Biological Agent (SSBA) Standards - Australian Government


You will need to comply with this standard if you intend to handle security-sensitive biological agents (SSBA). 

SSBA are biological agents that could be developed or retained in types and quantities that could allow them to be used as weapons. All biological agents that 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.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice is a set of rules which details how people in a certain industry should behave. A code of practice can be defined as a result of legislation or by industry regulators and bodies.

Other resources

Act(s) name

National Health Security Act 2007 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

National Health Security (SSBA Standards) Determination 2013 Australian Government

National Health Security Regulations 2018 2018 Australian Government (Opens in new window)

Administering agency

Department of Health and Aged Care

Health Emergency Management

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