Research Ethics Approval

Research projects that include animal or human research must be approved by the relevant research ethics committee(s). Discuss with you supervisor whether your project requires ethics approval.

Animal Ethics

The Animal Ethics Committee (AEC) is responsible for ensuring that all care and use of animals is conducted in compliance with the Australian code of practice for the care and use of animals for scientific procedures. The AEC must be satisfied that the use of animals is justified, provides for the welfare of the animals and incorporates the principles of "Replacement, Reduction and Refinement".

Researchers or teaching staff using live non-human vertebrates (mammals, fish, birds, reptiles and amphibians), or cephalopods such as octopus and squid, require approval from an AEC before starting their work. Further information can be found on the Office for Research Ethics and Integrity webpage.

Human Ethics

The Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences Human Ethics Advisory Group (HEAG) is responsible for ensuring that all research involving human participants is conducted in accordance with the University's Code of Conduct for Research and the national guidelines for ethical conduct in research laid out in the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research. The faculty HEAG approves 'minimal risk' applications and liaises with the Office for Research Ethics and Integrity on more complex cases.

You will need to apply for human ethics approval if your research involves working with people, human tissue, or archived data in which individuals are identifiable. If in doubt, please consult your supervisor or the Research Officer before conducting your research, as any data collected before ethics approval is gained cannot be included in your thesis. More information can be found on the Office for Research Ethics and Integrity webpage.