Researchers, including students, who wish to undertake research involving animals must obtain approval from the relevant committee before commencing the experiments.
Relevant Legislation and Codes
The State Government of South Australia Animal Welfare Act, 1985
The Animal Welfare Act, 1985 governs the operation of animal ethics committees in South Australia and the use of animals in research and teaching. Appended to the Animal Welfare Act, and therefore having the force of law, is the NHMRC Code for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes.
NHMRC Australian Code for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes, 2013
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Australian Code, 2013 provides an ethical framework and governing principles to guide the decisions and actions of all those involved in the care and use of animals. It outlines the responsibilities of investigators, animal carers, institutions and animal ethics committees, and establishes clear processes to ensure accountability.
The 8th edition of the Code came into effect on 24 July 2013. If you would like to view the video recording of the presentation provided by NHMRC staff in South Australia prior to the 2013 implementation, please contact the Ethics Officer.
In addition to the Code, the NHMRC website includes a number of other useful references, policies and guidelines relating to animal welfare matters.
Animal Welfare Committee (AWC) Policies & Guidelines
Flinders University Policy and Guidelines
Flinders University has established the following policies and guidelines to complement the Animal Welfare Act, 1985 and the Australian Code for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes, 8th Edition, 2013:
- You can download a copy of the AWC Terms of Reference from the About Animal Ethics page - Who approves animal ethics applications?.
- General guidelines for Animal Welfare Committee (AWC) practices and decisions are outlined in the AWC Operating Procedures Guide. You can download a copy of the AWC Operating Procedures from the About Animal Ethics page - Who approves animal ethics applications?.
- Guidelines on pain and pain classifications 2013 (PDF 27KB)
- Public statements concerning animal use
Animal Facility Inspections
The Animal Welfare Committee performs a general inspection of each Animal Facility annually (excluding Port Lincoln and CORe facilities). A second annual inspection may also be performed to target a specific issue, such as clinical record sheets, adverse events, cleanliness and hygiene, labeling of animals and cages.
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