Purpose and structure



ABSANZ is the peak body for Australia and New Zealand in biosafety and biosecurity. The purpose of ABSANZ is to protect people, the community and the environment through advancing knowledge in biosafety and biorisk management.


The key objectives of ABSANZ include:

  • Building expertise within the biosafety community through local and global collaboration
  • Seeking consistency across the regulatory environment through understanding the goals and challenges of the sector
  • Delivering high quality educational tools
  • Providing networking opportunities
  • Disseminating information and advocating on behalf of members and the community


Structure of ABSANZ

ABSANZ is a public company, limited by guarantee and registered in Australia.  It is a not-for-profit organisation.


Constitution of ABSANZ

In addition to being governed by the Corporations Act, ABSANZ has its own Constitution that governs its conduct.



ABSANZ – the Association of Biosafety for Australia & New Zealand – was formed following a proposal put forward at the 2007 Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian Society for Microbiology.  During this meeting draft terms of reference were endorsed. 

This proposal came to fruition on 23 November 2010, when the Association of Biosafety for Australia & New Zealand (ABSANZ) was registered with the Australia Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC), with the goal of strengthening biosafety related linkages and collaborations within Australia & New Zealand.