Applying for Animal Ethics Approval

The Animal Research Act (1985) and Regulation (2010) requires that all research (funded or unfunded) and teaching that uses animals (dead or alive) within a UNSW facility and all affiliated institutes with the exception of St Vincent's Hospital and Garvan Institute of Medical Research must receive prior approval from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), on the recommendation of the UNSW Animal Care and Ethics Committee (ACEC), in accordance with the information in the table below.

Animal Ethics Online

Researchers will need to complete an application via Animal Ethics Online



Establishing Animal Ethics Approval


Application Process

Approval Process

UNSW or affiliated research institute staff and research trainees except those based at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, St Vincent's Hospital, or the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute.

You are required to adhere to UNSW Animal Research Ethics Procedure.


UNSW or affiliated research institution staff and research trainees conducting animal research at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, St Vincent's Hospital, or the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute.

The Executive Officer of the Garvan Institute/St Vincent's AEC will forward the relevant documentation to the UNSW ACEC for noting.

Modifying an Approved Project

Modification requests are initially reviewed out–of–session by the spokesperson before being forwarded to the ACEC Executive, and subsequently the ACEC Chair for review. Recommendation for approval is then forwarded to the DVCR for final sign off, if appropriate. The final decision of the Chair and Executive is ratified by the ACEC at the next scheduled meeting.

In accordance with Clause 2.2.23 of the Australian Code for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes 8th Edition 2013, the ACEC can consider minor amendments to approved projects or activities. Such amendments, termed "Modifications" in the online system, can take the form of "Personnel" or "Application" modifications.

Personnel modifications apply when the CI wishes to add new participant(s) to an approved project. These are considered for approval by the Presiding Member (UNSW ACEC Chair).

Application modifications apply when the CI wishes to request changes to the original approved experimental procedures and/or animal numbers. The ACEC Executive will consider minor amendments to procedures and animal numbers, where the proposed change is not likely to cause harm to the animals, including pain and distress. All requests for minor amendments will be considered on an individual basis, but requests for major deviations from the original protocol are unlikely to be approved and the researcher will be asked to submit a new application.

Modifications should not deviate from the originally proposed aims, procedures or animal numbers. The increase in animal numbers should be no more than 10% of those originally approved; changes greater than 10% may be considered on a case by case basis. Justification must be provided for all modification requests in the appropriate section of the modification online form.

Request for an Extension to a project is discouraged by UNSW ACEC. A minor extension for an approved project may be considered by the ACEC Executive. Such requests for project extensions will be considered on an individual basis and may only be granted for a short time (possibly up to 6 weeks) under the following circumstances: (1) to allow the researcher sufficient time to submit a new application to the next ACEC meeting for continuation of the project; or (2) in the situation where the researcher does not plan to submit a new application to continue the project, to allow the completion of an ongoing animal experiment where no additional animals will be recruited into the study.

Modifications should be applied for using Animal Ethics Online

Submission Closing Dates
Animal Ethics Online

Submit an application via Animal Ethics Online

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