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)

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

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

The FedUni IBC is a Committee of the Vice-Chancellor and operates in accordance with the relevant guidelines issued by the Commonwealth Government’s Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR), and will advise researchers and their Heads of Schools of any perceived dangers and prescribe conditions under which the research may proceed or to forbid it altogether unless or until the Committee is satisfied that the work should begin or continue with.

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