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The Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis (CEBRA) was established on July 1st, 2013, through an agreement between the University of Melbourne, the Australian Federal Department of Agriculture (DA) and the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

CEBRA is a key initiative in the Australian Government’s response to biosecurity risks. It will ensure policy interventions and tools are underpinned by world-class research and understanding of the issues, risks and response mechanisms. CEBRA will play a vital role in ensuring governments remain at the forefront of practical risk assessment through the provision of collaborative, relevant and practical research outcomes. Its primary goal is to deliver practical solutions and advice for assessing and managing biosecurity risks. CEBRA will also play a crucial role in improving the way we communicate to government, business and the community about biosecurity. It works closely with the DA and MPI to develop priorities that serve the practical needs of regulators and government scientists.

CEBRA will be operational from 1 July 2013 until 30 June 2017, and replaces the Australian Centre of Excellence for Risk Analysis (ACERA), which The University of Melbourne has hosted since 2006 and ceased operations on 30 June 2013.

Biosecurity is a critical issue for Australia. With our expansive borders and proximity to Asia, implementing effective biosecurity policies and management tools is essential to protecting the health of the population and our unique ecosystems, as well as the viability of essential sectors of the Australian economy.

CEBRA's primary goal is to develop tools, methods, guidelines and protocols to improve biosecurity risk analysis, with the purpose of providing practical solutions and advice for assessing and managing biosecurity risks to deliver the following key outcomes:

  • Fewer pests and diseases entering the continent.
  • Reduced costs of intervention, treatment and enhanced export prospects for Australian agriculture.
  • Effective quarantine and intervention and more reliable procedures that are better understood.
  • Assisting DA make sound strategic decisions to invest in ways that anticipate emerging threats.
  • Enhanced environmental quality and economic advantage.
  • Provision of well-trained professional scientists with direct experience in solving biosecurity problems.
  • Training the next generation of risk analysis and biosecurity practitioners.