Animal Ethics Overview

About Us

Our Animal Ethics Team is part of the Research Ethics Office within the Research Services Division. The Team provides administrative support for the University's Animal Experimentation Ethics Committee (AEEC) and the ethics application process, as well as training and supporting research staff, managing state and territory licences, and co-ordinating inspections of animal facilities. We do this to ensure that all research and teaching involving animals is in accordance with the National Health and Medical Research Council's (NHMRC) Australian Code for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes and the ACT Animal Welfare Act 1992.

Please note: The Animal Ethics Team does not approve ethics applications. Ethics applications are reviewed and approved by the Animal Experimentation Ethics Committee (AEEC).

To contact the Animal Ethics Team:

For the Submission Cut-off Dates, and more information about the AEEC, visit the committee page.


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Reporting animal welfare concerns

Animal welfare concerns may arise when the humane and ethical treatment of animals is not upheld. This may occur in animal holding rooms, production rooms the laboratory or in the field, and may constitute a breach of the Australian Code of Practice for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes (NHMRC, 2013). 

Anyone concerned about the welfare of animals at the ANU should report their concerns to the ANU Animal Experimentation Ethics Committee (AEEC), via the Research Ethics Office: email or phone 612 54290.

Please be assured that concerns will be treated confidentially and sympathetically.

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