Researchers who use live non-human vertebrate and higher-order invertebrate animals for experimental or teaching purposes are bound by the Australian Code for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes and relevant Australian State and Commonwealth legislation together with University regulations and policies. All research has additional research integrity responsibilities. Find out here about Research Integrity at La Trobe.
All research and teaching projects involving live non-human vertebrates and higher-order invertebrates must be reviewed and approved by the La Trobe University Animal Ethics Committee (AEC) before project begins. Please contact the Ethics, Integrity and Biosafety team if you are not sure if an ethics approval is required.
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Getting your project approved
How to apply
- Download and complete the following relevant documents:
- [NEW] AEC Application Form [DOC 109KB]
- AEC Approved SOP list (email firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy of approved SOPs or log to LMS to access SOPs directly)
- Standard Operating Procedures Template [DOC 55KB]
- [NEW] Phenotype Report [DOC 58KB]
- Fieldwork Notification Form [DOC19KB]
- Training and assessment plan and competency form (See below for instructions)
- LARTF Monitoring Sheets [Intranet Access Only]
- LARFT Drug Formulary [Intranet Access Only]
If you have any questions please contact the Animal Ethics Team +61 3 9479 1443
Time to approval
The time to approval (business days) has largely been reduced by implementing new processes and revising the out of session review process. By providing clear and directed instructions to researchers, the AEC is able to review an increased number of matters and has deferred less application to the next meeting.
|24 days||30 days||20 days|
|79 projects||58 projects||50 projects|
Meeting closing dates
AEC Meeting Dates*
Please submit New Applications, responses and request for amendments by COB on the submission date
|Submission Date||Meeting Date|
|Monday 03 February 2020||Thursday 13 February 2020|
|Monday 02 March 2020||Thursday 12 March 2020|
|Monday 06 April 2020||Thursday 16 April 2020|
|Monday 04 May 2020||Thursday 14 May 2020|
|Monday 01 June 2020||Thursday 11 June 2020|
|Monday 06 July 2020||Thursday 16 July 2020|
|Monday 03 August 2020||Thursday 13 August 2020|
|Monday 31 August 2020||Thursday 10 September 2020|
|Monday 28 September 2020||Thursday 08 October 2020|
|Monday 02 November 2020||Thursday 12 November 2020|
|Monday 30 November 2020||Thursday 10 December 2020|
* Meeting dates may be subject to change without notice
Training and assessment of competency
Animal ethics committee (AEC)
Animal Ethics Committee
The Animal Ethics Committee (AEC) at La Trobe University is comprised of representatives from the University, welfare organisations and the community and serves the following licensed Scientific Procedures Premises:
- School of Life Sciences
- School of Molecular Sciences
- School of Psychology and Public Health
- Murray Darling Freshwater Research Centre
The persons nominated under Section 26(2) of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986, to be responsible for any procedures carried out at the above-mentioned premises, are appointed by the Head of School/organisational unit. Read the AEC terms of reference
Contact the committee
All correspondence, enquiries and submissions should be addressed to Animal Ethics at email@example.com.
Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
- La Trobe staff members can access AEC approved SOP list from La Trobe University UNITE site. For students, please log on to LMS to access SOPs directly.
- To create new SOP(s), please use the AEC Standard Operating Procedures Template [DOC 58KB].
Feedback and complaints
For complaints or feedback about:
- an approved project
- the conduct of a researcher
- the conduct of the Animal Ethics Committee (AEC)
please contact Dr Heidi Gaulke - Manager Ethics, Integrity and Biosafety
T: +61 3 9479 1443
Legislation, codes and guidelines
- The Code: The 8th edition of the Australian Code for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes (2013).
- In Victoria, the use of animals for research and teaching is regulated by Part 3 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 (POCTA) and Part 4 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulations 2008.
- Guidelines to promote the wellbeing of animals used for scientific purposes: The assessment and alleviation of pain and distress in research animals: Released by the NHMRC in June 2008 to accompany the Code.
- Animal Welfare Victoria website
- Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) website
- ANZCCART: The Australian and New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching.
- RSPCA: Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
- AVMA Guidelines on Euthanasia
- Code of Practice for the Housing and Care of Laboratory Mice, Rats, Guinea Pigs and Rabbits
- National Centre for the Replacement Refinement & Reduction of Animals in Research
- Three Rs Microsite
- Australian and New Zealand Laboratory Animal Association
Managing post-approval requirements
Amendments to approved AEC projects
Amendments to AEC-approved projects can only be granted if the amendment is minor and there is no significant change to the direction of the study.
Amendments may include (1) a change in animal numbers, (2) change in procedures / techniques, (3) an addition / removal of investigators, or (4) an extension of the study duration (5) administrative changes. Please refer to Guidance on review and process of amendment requests (PDF 144KB) for more information.
The request to amend an approved animal ethics application can be made by the chief investigator in the form of an application to the Animal Ethics Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Applicants must complete the [NEW] AEC Request for Amendment Form [DOC 60KB] with precise details about the proposed changes to the approved application and reasoning as to why the amendment is deemed necessary.
In addition, the application must have attached an electronic copy of the most recent version of the AEC-approved project application form with the proposed amendments included and highlighted or asterisked (**) at either end of the change. Please ensure to update all the relevant attachments.
Annual and final reports
Chief investigators must submit a progress report by the anniversary date of an AEC project approval.
Download the [NEW] Annual Report Form [DOC 59KB]
Chief investigators must submit a final report within three (3) months of conclusion of an AEC-approved project.
Download the [NEW] Final Report Form [DOC 61KB]