Animal ethics

Any work involving animals must be approved by the Animal Ethics Committee.

Projects should not commence without prior written approval from the Federation University Australia Animal Ethics Committee (AEC). The role of the AEC is to ensure ethical standards are maintained in research and teaching projects involving animals, in accordance with relevant Commonwealth, State and Territory legislation and the Australian Code of Practice for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes in particular.

All applications must be signed by the relevant Head of School, Deputy Head of School or Associate Dean Research (ADR), and the original  sent to the Research Services office ten days prior to the meeting date. An electronic copy of the application must also be emailed to

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

Should your proposed Animal Ethics project include any GMO product, refer to the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) website for further information.

In Australia, all dealings with live and viable genetically modified organisms (GMOs), including import, are illegal unless authorised under the Gene Technology Act.

Every dealing with a GMO will need to be licensed by the Regulator (Office of Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR)) unless the dealing is an exempt dealing, a notifiable low risk dealings (NLRD) or on the Register of GMOs.

Both IBC and AEC approval will be required prior to commencement of any Animal Ethics project using GMO product.