National Biosecurity Response Team

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 as well as natural disasters (e.g. bushfires).

How the NBRT works

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 manages the NBRT outside of biosecurity response activities. During a biosecurity response, NBRT members are deployed under the Interstate Deployment Arrangements, an arrangement between the Australian, state and territory governments that facilitates the request for and provision of NBRT members and other interstate support. Members of the NBRT participate in relevant professional development opportunities (e.g. exercises and workshops) to enhance their capabilities in responding to biosecurity incidents.

To access the NBRT members’ site, please click here.

More information

Additional resources

*Biosecurity Incident Management System 2012