University research and teaching activities involving dealings with genetically modified organisms must comply with the legislative scheme for gene technology. This ensures work at the University is performed safely and responsibly.
2019 Amendments to the Gene Technology Regulations 2001
The 2019 Amendments to the Gene Technology Regulations 2001 commenced Tuesday 8 October 2019. The amendments result from a technical review conducted by the Regulator and aim to address the legal uncertainty about the regulation of new technologies, including genome editing techniques. A copy of the amended Regulations is available on the Forms and Resources page.
The following three amendments will be of interest to University researchers:
- Most genome editing techniques will be explicitly regulated. However, the technique known as SDN-1 will be excluded because, based on the scientific evidence, SDN-1 organisms present no different risk than organisms carrying naturally occurring genetic changes and there is no evidence that they pose safety risks that warrant regulation.
- The introduction of RNA into an organism, if three specific conditions are met, has been added to the list of techniques not considered gene technology.
- Contained dealings with genetically modified organisms containing a functional gene drive will require a DNIR licence. This ensures a case-by-case evaluation of the risks associated with this type of work.
For more information: Technical Review of the Gene Technology Regulations 2001
Apply for approval
A step by step guide designed to give you more information about how to make an application, and the process of getting approved
Meetings and deadlines
The Gene Technology and Biosafety Committee (the University IBC) meets to review applications every six weeks from February through to December
Frequently asked questions
Definition of a GMO, techniques listed in the schedules, application requirements, and more
Forms and resources
Download forms and other resources that are helpful throughout the application process
Training and Information Sessions
Training provided by the University to help meet researchers' needs
Managing approved projects
Responsibilities and requirements for the management of projects once they are approved
OGTR facility certification
How to obtain and manage facility approval from the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator
Contacts and emergencies
Contact information for the university's biorisk officers, and information about what to do in an emergency