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Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis

The department is set to continue its collaboration with the Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis (CEBRA) with the Australian Government allocating $7.2 million for a further four years to 2020-21. This investment will continue CEBRA’s vital contribution to biosecurity risk assessment.

CEBRA was established on 1 July 2013 through an agreement between the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (NZ MPI), and the University of Melbourne. The Australian Centre of Excellence for Risk Analysis (ACERA) was the predecessor of CEBRA and was founded in 2006; it was replaced by CEBRA in 2013 when New Zealand became a member of the partnership.

The purpose of CEBRA is to support the advancement of biosecurity risk management. This is achieved through the provision of expertise in risk analysis techniques and the development of associated methods, protocols, tools and procedures. CEBRA is a key initiative in the Australian Government’s response to managing biosecurity risks - it provides world-class research on the issues, risks and response mechanisms that underpin policy interventions and tools.

CEBRA research helps to ensure that Australia remains at the forefront of risk assessment by providing collaborative, relevant and practical research outcomes.

Further information on the grant can be found in the program guidelines.

Departmental media release:  Securing the future of biosecurity research - 21 May 2012

Departmental media release:  Partnering for excellence in biosecurity -7 July 2017