The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) assists the University of Newcastle to meet the legislative requirements of the Gene Technology Act 2000, and National Health Security Act 2007, as well as monitoring microbiological practice against Australian Standards (AS/NZS 2243 series) and other aspects of biosafety related to research and teaching.

The Committee makes informed decisions on behalf of and provides advice to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and the research community on compliance with the Gene Technology Act, the Work Health and Safety Act and other relevant legislation.