Australia Group Secretariat
RG Casey Building
John McEwen Crescent



21 November 2023


  1. African horse sickness virus
  2. African swine fever virus
  3. Andes virus
  4. Avian influenza virus[2]
  5. Bluetongue virus
  6. Chapare virus
  7. Chikungunya virus
  8. Choclo virus
  9. Classical swine fever virus (Hog cholera virus)
  10. Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus
  11. Dobrava-Belgrade virus
  12. Eastern equine encephalitis virus
  13. Ebolavirus: all members of the Ebolavirus genus
  14. Foot-and-mouth disease virus
  15. Goatpox virus
  16. Guanarito virus
  17. Hantaan virus
  18. Hendra virus (Equine morbillivirus)
  19. Japanese encephalitis virus
  20. Junin virus
  21. Kyasanur Forest disease virus
  22. Laguna Negra virus
  23. Lassa virus
  24. Louping ill virus
  25. Lujo virus
  26. Lumpy skin disease virus
  27. Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus
  28. Machupo virus
  29. Marburgvirus: all members of the Marburgvirus genus
  30. Middle East respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
  31. Monkeypox virus
  32. Murray Valley encephalitis virus
  33. Newcastle disease virus
  34. Nipah virus
  35. Omsk hemorrhagic fever virus
  36. Oropouche virus
  37. Peste-des-petits-ruminants virus
  38. Porcine Teschovirus
  39. Powassan virus
  40. Rabies virus and other members of the Lyssavirus genus
  41. Reconstructed 1918 influenza virus
  42. Rift Valley fever virus
  43. Rinderpest virus
  44. Rocio virus
  45. Sabia virus
  46. Seoul virus
  47. Severe acute respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus (SARS-related coronavirus)
  48. Sheeppox virus
  49. Sin Nombre virus
  50. St. Louis encephalitis virus
  51. Suid herpesvirus 1 (Pseudorabies virus; Aujeszky's disease)
  52. Swine vesicular disease virus
  53. Tick-borne encephalitis virus (Far Eastern subtype)
  54. Variola virus
  55. Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus
  56. Vesicular stomatitis virus
  57. Western equine encephalitis virus
  58. Yellow fever virus


  1. Bacillus anthracis
  2. Brucella abortus
  3. Brucella melitensis
  4. Brucella suis
  5. Burkholderia mallei (Pseudomonas mallei)
  6. Burkholderia pseudomallei (Pseudomonas pseudomallei)
  7. Chlamydia psittaci (Chlamydophila psittaci)
  8. Clostridium argentinense (formerly known as Clostridium botulinum Type G), botulinum neurotoxin producing strains
  9. Clostridium baratii, botulinum neurotoxin producing strains
  10. Clostridium botulinum
  11. Clostridium butyricum, botulinum neurotoxin producing strains
  12. Clostridium perfringens, epsilon toxin producing types[3]
  13. Coxiella burnetii
  14. Francisella tularensis
  15. Mycoplasma capricolum subspecies capripneumoniae (“strain F38”)
  16. Mycoplasma mycoides subspecies mycoides SC (small colony)
  17. Rickettsia prowazekii
  18. Salmonella enterica subspecies enterica serovar Typhi (Salmonella typhi)
  19. Shiga toxin producing Escherichia coli (STEC) of serogroups O26, O45, O103, O104, O111, O121, O145, O157, and other shiga toxin producing serogroups[4]
  20. Shigella dysenteriae
  21. Vibrio cholerae
  22. Yersinia pestis

Toxins as follows and subunits thereof: [5]

  1. Abrin
  2. Aflatoxins
  3. Botulinum toxins[6]
  4. Not used since 2022 [1]
  5. Clostridium perfringens alpha, beta 1, beta 2, epsilon and iota toxins
  6. Conotoxins [6]
  7. Diacetoxyscirpenol
  8. HT-2 toxin
  9. Microcystins (Cyanoginosins)
  10. Modeccin
  11. Ricin
  12. Saxitoxin
  13. Shiga toxins (shiga-like toxins, verotoxins, and verocytotoxins)
  14. Staphylococcus aureus enterotoxins, hemolysin alpha toxin, and toxic shock syndrome toxin (formerly known as Staphylococcus enterotoxin F)
  15. T-2 toxin
  16. Tetrodotoxin
  17. Not used since 2016 [2]
  18. Viscumin (Viscum album lectin 1)
  19. Volkensin
  20. Brevetoxins
  21. Gonyautoxins
  22. Nodularins
  23. Palytoxin
  24. Neosaxitoxin (NEO)

Toxins footnotes:

[1] Cholera toxin
[2] Verotoxin and shiga-like ribosome inactivating proteins


  1. Coccidioides immitis
  2. Coccidioides posadasii

Genetic Elements and Genetically-modified Organisms [1]:

Any genetically-modified organism which contains, or genetic element that codes for, any of the following:

  1. any gene or genes, translated product, or translated products, specific to any listed virus; or
  2. any gene or genes specific to any listed bacterium [3] or fungus, and which
    1. in itself or through its transcribed or translated products represents a significant hazard to human, animal or plant health, or
    2. could endow or enhance pathogenicity[4]; or
  3. any listed toxins or their sub-units.

Technical notes:

  1. Genetically-modified organisms include organisms in which the nucleic acid sequences have been created or altered by deliberate molecular manipulation.
  2. Genetic elements include, inter alia: chromosomes, genomes, plasmids, transposons, vectors, and inactivated organisms containing recoverable nucleic acid fragments, whether genetically modified or unmodified, or chemically synthesized in whole or in part. For the purposes of the genetic elements control, nucleic acids from an inactivated organism, virus, or sample are considered 'recoverable' if the inactivation and preparation of the material is intended or known to facilitate isolation, purification, amplification, detection, or identification of nucleic acids.
  3. These controls do not apply to nucleic acid sequences of shiga toxin producing Escherichia coli of serogroups O26, O45, O103, O104, O111, O121, O145, O157, and other shiga toxin producing serogroups, other than those genetic elements coding for shiga toxin, or for its subunits.
  4. ‘Endow or enhance pathogenicity’ is defined as when the insertion or integration of the nucleic acid sequence or sequences is/are likely to enable or increase a recipient organism’s ability to be used to deliberately cause disease or death. This might include alterations to, inter alia: virulence, transmissibility, stability, route of infection, host range, reproducibility, ability to evade or suppress host immunity, resistance to medical countermeasures, or detectability.

Warning List [1]


  • 1. Clostridium tetani[7]
    2. Legionella pneumophila
    3. Yersinia pseudotuberculosis
    4. Other strains of Clostridium species that produce botulinum neurotoxin[8]
    5. Bacillus cereus biovar anthracis


1. Fusarium langsethiae

2. Fusarium sporotrichioides

[1] An agent/pathogen is covered by this list except when it is in the form of a vaccine. A vaccine is a medicinal product in a pharmaceutical formulation licensed by, or having marketing or clinical trial (including veterinary clinical trial) authorisation from, the regulatory authorities of either the country of manufacture or of use, which is intended to stimulate a protective immunological response in humans or animals in order to prevent disease in those to whom or to which it is administered.

Biological agents and pathogens are controlled when they are an isolated live culture of a pathogen agent, or a preparation of a toxin agent which has been isolated or extracted from any source, or material including living material which has been deliberately inoculated or contaminated with the agent. Isolated live cultures of a pathogen agent include live cultures in dormant form or in dried preparations, whether the agent is natural, enhanced or modified.

[2] This includes only those Avian influenza viruses of high pathogenicity as defined by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), the European Union (EU), or competent national regulatory bodies.

[3] It is understood that limiting this control to epsilon toxin-producing strains of Clostridium perfringens therefore exempts from control the transfer of other Clostridium perfringens strains to be used as positive control cultures for food testing and quality control.

[4] Shiga toxin producing Escherichia coli (STEC) includes inter alia enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC), verotoxin producing E. coli (VTEC) or verocytotoxin producing E. coli (VTEC).

[5] Excluding immunotoxins

[6] Excluding botulinum toxins and conotoxins in product form meeting all of the following criteria:

  • are pharmaceutical formulations designed for testing and human administration in the treatment of medical conditions;
  • are pre-packaged for distribution as clinical or medical products; and
  • are authorised by a state authority to be marketed as clinical or medical products

[7] The Australia Group recognizes that this organism is ubiquitous, but, as it has been acquired in the past as part of biological warfare programs, it is worthy of special caution.

[8] It is the intent of Australia Group members to add to the control list strains of species of Clostridium identified as producing botulinum neurotoxin.