Animal Research Ethics at UNSW

Animals Used for Scientific Purposes

The NSW Animal Research Act (1985) requires that all research (funded or unfunded) and teaching that uses animals - whether alive or dead - must receive prior written approval from the UNSW Animal Care and Ethics Committee (ACEC). All animal research at UNSW is conducted in accordance with the UNSW Animal Research Ethics Procedure.

Researchers should also familiarise themselves with the Australian Code for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes 8th edition (2013). The Code promotes the ethical, humane and responsible care and use of animals used for scientific purposes. The ethical framework and governing principles set out in the Code provide guidance for investigators, teachers, institutions, animal ethics committees and all people involved in the care and use of animals for scientific purposes.

To ensure compliance, it is UNSW policy that no research on animals can commence until ACEC approval has been granted for the project. Commencing a project without prior written approval may be subject to criminal prosecution. Further, given the sensitive nature of animal research and the potential for negative media exposure, it is encouraged that all recording of laboratory animals be performed using institutional devices and that email communication related to animal research be conducted using institutional email accounts.

Applications are to be completed and submitted via Animal Ethics Online.

Director of Animal Care and Animal Welfare Officer

UNSW Sydney upholds the ethical and moral issues involved with the use of animals in research for scientific advancement where researchers acknowledge the responsibilities with the care and wellbeing of research animals.

The primary role of the Director of Animal Care and Animal Welfare Officer is to facilitate animal-based research at UNSW through training and education and to ensure compliance with the Australian Code for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes 8th Edition (2013).

This includes:

  • Veterinary Support
  • Surgical and other animal based research procedures support
  • Post-mortem examinations and assistance with preparation of Adverse/Unexpected Events report
  • Provide assistance with the submission of Animal Ethics application
  • Provide animal handling training through the Animal Ethics and Care course
  • Provide animal-based procedures training
  • Perform any activities requested by the ACEC including inspecting experimental procedures, monitoring animals, and supervising researchers


Contact Us

Veterinary Emergency:

Director of Animal Care

Dr Josephine Joya

T: 9385 9912

M: 0466 778 752


Senior Animal Welfare Officer

Dr Lucie Nedved

T: 9385 7389

M: 0466 201 323


RECS Contact Details

Animal Ethics Online

Submit an application via Animal Ethics Online