Access our facilities

Explore here how the Australian Animal Health Laboratory’s (AAHL) world-class facilities may be available to facilitate your research.

Our high-containment laboratory space including the NCRIS funded PC4 Zoonosis Suite and Insectary are accessible to external organisations in a variety of ways, most commonly where:

  • a visiting scientist conducts one or more specific projects within the facilities 
  • AAHL scientists perform the work on your behalf.

If work is undertaken with the direct participation of AAHL staff, then accessing the facilities can either be structured on a fee-for-service or collaborative basis.


All submissions for access to the PC4 Zoonoses Suite or Insectary will be subject to a formal approval process. If granted access, external organisations and their staff must adhere to AAHL’s regulations for microbiological security, health, safety and environment as well as strict animal welfare.

AAHL facilities can be accessed for research purposes.

Extensive induction training is mandatory for all and this can take up to two weeks depending on prior experience. Successful completion of induction training is required in order to enable a visiting researcher to work at PC3 (under supervision of AAHL staff).

Further training and assessment will be required in order for the visiting researcher to be able to work independently at PC3 or to work at PC4.

Visiting researchers who work in the microbiologically secure area for more than one month, or who handle security-sensitive biological agents, must also undergo security assessment and clearance.


Generally, a fee is levied per head and per square metre of PC3 or PC4 space used. The cost of all induction training is also included in the total cost of accessing the laboratory.

Commercial usage will incur fees based on market factors and the Australian Government's guidelines for competitive neutrality.

For Australian higher education institutions and public sector research organisations using the facilities for non-commercial purposes, a nominal fee schedule is used.

Current AAHL collaborators have incorporated the costs of facility usage into grant applications.

Researchers wishing to access the AAHL Bioimaging Facility can apply for travel and access grants through the Australian Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis.

Other facilities and services available

Subject to separate arrangements, a range of other facilities and services that are not part of the NCRIS-funded facility can also be accessed at AAHL, including:

Animal facilities

AAHL has animal facilities that can be made available on a collaborative or fee-for-service basis. These modern animal facilities can house a range of animal species, both large and small, and are contained within AAHL's microbiologically secure area.

All research involving animals must be approved by our Animal Ethics Committee and adhere to the Australian Code of Practice for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes.

Laboratory equipment and services 

Laboratory equipment and services available at AAHL include:

  • diagnostic services (identification and characterisation of disease agents)
  • histology
  • protein and nucleic acid sequencing
  • cell culture
  • media preparation.

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