Research

Animals and research

A focus on research of an international quality and the fostering of an outstanding research culture have positioned UWA as one of the best universities in Australia and in the top 150 in the world.

Further Information

The Animal Ethics Committee3Rs Award

Professor Robyn Owens, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) is pleased to announce that on the recommendation of the Animal Ethics Committee, Professor George Yeoh of the UWA Centre for Medical Research, has been selected as the winner of the 3Rs Animal Ethics Award for 2016. 
 
For information regarding this award, please click on the link (left column) 3Rs Animal Ethics Award.

Responsible areas

When you work with animals in research (including breeding and teaching), or use animal tissue or observe animals in the wild, you are required to humanely and ethically care for the animals.

This is a legal requirement - you must comply with several laws, regulations and policies.

All animals must be treated ethically, but work with vertebrates, cephalopods or decapods also requires the project be reviewed by the Animal Ethics Committee.  

Laws and policies

This section of the website describes the main laws and policies. More specific regulation and policy covering special circumstances are listed on animal research laws and policy.

The Australian Code for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes, 8th edition, 2013 (the Code) is a Commonwealth set of guidelines for the ethical and humane care and use of animals used for scientific purposes.

The Animal Welfare Act 2002 of Western Australia, and the Animal Welfare (Scientific Purposes) Regulations 2003 set the law for research and teaching involving animals. Note: while this is a Western Australian law, the NHMRC Code, and UWA policy both require that all work with animals by UWA staff and students be reviewed for compliance with the Code, even if that work is conducted outside Australia.

The Western Australian Animal Welfare (Scientific Purposes) Regulations 2003 change the status of the Code from guidelines to that of law in Western Australia. The regulations also draw teaching that uses animals under the same regulatory framework as research.

UWA researchers and teachers also need to be familiar with the University Policy on the Use of Animals in Research and Teaching. Some law and some policy also mandate specific reporting by those working with animals.

The Animal Ethics Office can guide you on reporting requirements.

Contact Animal Care Services for your project requirements.

Forms you may need

All the forms and guidelines for animal ethics are on one page.

Useful links