Our History

CEBRA agreement signing
CEBRA signing
LEFT TO RIGHT: Robert Saint (University of Melbourne),
Mark Burgman,  Glynn Davis, Andrew Metcalfe,
Colin Grant (DAFF), Greg Williamson (DAFF)

Our work on biosecurity risk analysis, a key initiative in the Australian Government’s response to biosecurity risk began in 2006 as the Australian Centre of Excellence in Risk Analysis (ACERA). The then Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and the University of Melbourne provided funding. ACERA was established in the then School of Botany at the University of Melbourne in March 2006 until 30 June 2017.

Building on ACERA’s proud history and now with the support of the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (the department), the Ministry for Primary Industries of New Zealand (the ministry) and The University of Melbourne CEBRA was established in July 2013. CEBRA ensures that biosecurity regulatory standards, procedures and tools are underpinned by world-class research and understanding of the issues, risks and response mechanisms.

The core objective of CEBRA is to deliver practical solutions and advice for assessing and managing biosecurity risks that inform the risk management role of the department and ministry.

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