Terms of Reference

Inquiry into Biotoxin-related Illnesses in Australia

The Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport will inquire into and report by 21 October 2018.


  1. The prevalence and geographic distribution of biotoxin-related illnesses in Australia, particularly related to water-damaged buildings;

  2. The prevalence of Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS) or biotoxin­related illness in Australian patients and the treatment available to them;

  3. The current medical process of identifying biotoxin-related illness in patients and the medical evaluation of symptom complexes attributed to biotoxins and CIRS;

  4. Any intersection with other chronic diseases;

  5. Investment in contemporary Australian research to discover and provide evidence of CIRS as a chronic, multisystem disease;

  6. Research into biotoxin-related illness caused from water damaged buildings; and

  7. Any related matters.

Committee Secretariat contact:

PO Box 6021
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 4145