Animal Ethics Committee

The CQUniversity Animal Ethics Committee (CQUAEC) is responsible for assessing and providing clearance to any research or teaching projects undertaken by University staff or students involving the use of vertebrate animals. The Committee is also responsible for monitoring the use and care of animals by the University and conducting site inspections as necessary.

The standard operating procedures of the Animal Ethics Committee are in accordance with:

Clearance must be sought from the Committee BEFORE the project commences.

Applicants should familiarise themselves with the relevant legislation and University policies and procedures before completing the request for clearance.

All applications are required to be entered via the online application process, available at

Applicants are advised that they need to submit their application for clearance well in advance of the project's planned starting date. The online form will generate a numerical identification number. Please quote this number in all dealings with the Committee Secretary. Applicants are advised to seek assistance from the Ethics team if further clarification is required.

The CQUniversity Animal Ethics Committee meets eleven times per year and the meeting dates and submission deadlines are:

2020 Schedule

Meeting DateAgenda Items Close

5 February 2020

22 January  2020

4 March 2020

19 February 2020

1 April 2020

18 March 2020

6 May 2020

22 April 2020

3 June 2020

20 May 2020

1 July 2020

17 June 2020

5 August 2020

22 July 2020

2 September 2020

19 August 2020

7 October 2020

23 September 2020

4 November 2020

21 October 2020

2 December 2020

18 November 2020

Adverse Events or Complaints

Researchers are required to report to the AEC any unexpected adverse events which happen to animals during their research. The Chair of the AEC (or Secretary if Chair is unavailable) must be notified by telephone within 24 hours of such an event, and the Adverse Event Form must be submitted as soon as practicable. In determining what is considered an adverse event, researchers are encouraged to visit the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries website.