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The Laboratory and Biosafety Committee (LBC) is responsible to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and to the Research Integrity Advisory Group (RIAG) for oversight of technical aspects of laboratory safety, radiation safety and biosafety/ biosecurity across the University. It monitors laboratory practices in research and teaching and provides advice on risk assessment and management. The LBC acts as the Institutional Biosafety Committee as required by the Gene Technology Act (Commonwealth) 2000.
The Committee meets 6 times a year to discuss business, applications and policies. It will consider projects requiring biosafety clearance in accordance with legislation and guidelines set by the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR), Department of Agriculture (DA) Biosecurity, Department of Health and Ageing and other duly constituted bodies. It inspects and monitors Physical Containment (PC1 and PC2) facilities.
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Schools/Areas should inspect PC1 and PC2 facilities annually for compliance with the Australian Standard for microbiological safety in laboratories, AS/NZS 2243.3. In addition, OGTR-certified facilities are inspected annually by the Biosafety and Biosecurity Officer. Department of Agriculture (DA) auditors inspect DA Quarantine Approved Premises (QAPs) once or twice a year.