ABSANZ Webinar Series

The ABSANZ webinar series will aim to share the latest information and research in the fields of biosafety and biocontainment. 

What is a webinar? Webinars are live, fully online events, which means that you can attend them from wherever you are, whether that is at home, at work, or anywhere in the world with internet access. 

Prior to the webinar, you will receive an email with a unique link to the webinar. Participants who have registered and paid for the event, will receive a recording of the presentation within 3 business days of the live webinar. This means that you can watch and listen to the presentation again, in case you missed anything. 

We know that sometimes your plans change, and you may not be able to attend a webinar that you have registered for. Sometimes a webinar may be scheduled at a time that you are not available. No problem - if you have registered for the webinar, you will still receive the recording if you could not attend.

Browse webinars available for purchase here!


We are working hard behind the scenes to ensure that we provide an impressive line-up of presenters who are experts in the fields of biosafety and biocontainment. If you want to create a webinar about a relevant subject and donate it to ABSANZ then, please email manager@absanz.org.au

Take a look at our events calendar and watch your email inbox to find out about our upcoming webinars. We hope to see you online at one of our webinars soon!


Our on demand webinar is also available for purchase


Key changes to AS/NZS 2243.3 drafted to appear in the new release presented by Neil Walls

This webinar was aimed to provide participants with information concerning the update of AS/NZS 2243.3 and provided some general information related to the major changes and additions likely to appear.

The webinar provided:

  1. A brief history of this standard
  2. A brief description of its structure and content
  3. A brief description of how it relates to other relevant standards
  4. Updates related to microorganisms and associated hazards
  5. Inclusion of a new section on facilities using aquatic microorganisms
  6. Information and guidance when managing liquid waste
  7. Addition of a section on safe use of biosafety cabinets
  8. A brief summary of other minor changes
  9. Concluding remarks and recommendations to participants
  10. Discussion, Q&A

Participants gained an understanding of how the new AS/NZS 2243.3 will differ from the 2010 version. This understanding included some technical supporting information related to the main additions. A detailed analysis of the standard was not included, but sufficient information was provided such that participants knew what to look for when referring to the standard.

Presenter Bio

BMechE, DipEd, GradDipHu


Neil Walls specialises in bio-containment and bio-contamination engineering.  His experience includes work related to high containment facilities up to PC4 (the highest microbiological containment level), specialist health and containment laboratories as well as facilities for animals, aquatics, plants and invertebrate species.
Neil undertakes peer reviews, supports projects at the strategic planning stage, and provides documentation review and specialist facility inspections. This work, in conjunction with running training workshops, is aimed at passing on knowledge and improving expertise amongst our various management, design and construction organisations.