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National Biosecurity Response Team Training

The National Biosecurity Response Team (NBRT) is a group of trained and experienced personnel that may be deployed to assist a jurisdiction in the response to biosecurity incidents. NBRT members are personnel from government agencies with knowledge, experience and training in emergency management, incident management or more specifically, responding to biosecurity incidents. The NBRT is cross sectoral and could deploy to the response to an animal, plant, aquatic or environmental biosecurity incident.

NBRT members may be deployed in a State Coordination Centre or Local Control Centre during the response to a biosecurity incident, and work in various functions including incident management, liaison, public information, planning, operations and logistics*. The NBRT has two cohorts of members; a cohort of experienced functional response personnel and a cohort of highly experienced mentors.

Animal Health Australia (AHA) manages the NBRT outside of any biosecurity response activities. During a biosecurity response, NBRT members are deployed by the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. Members of the NBRT participate in relevant professional development opportunities and maintain their skills in exercises and/or responses.

The NBRT replaced the previous Rapid Response Team in July 2017 – for more information about the transition please click here.

For more information about the NBRT, please see the National Biosecurity Response Team Arrangements 2017-2019.

To access the NBRT members site, please click here


Claire Petterson

Manager, Training Services

Animal Health Australia


Related links

*Biosecurity Incident Management System 2012

Page reviewed: January 18, 2018