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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:

Application for Animal Ethical Clearance

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. Researchers should forward one (1) signed completed application (together with any required documentation) to the CQUniversity Animal Ethics Committee (CQUAEC) Secretary, at the Office of Research, Building 32, Rockhampton Campus.

Important Note: The application proforma is continually being updated to incorporate changes and best practice in animal welfare and alterations to the Australian Code for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes. Always download a new application proforma to ensure the correct form is being used.

Applicants are advised that they need to forward their request for clearance well in advance of the project's planned starting date. For internal applicants applications forms can be found on Office of Research Moodle Site (Ethics). For external applicants please contact Committee Secretary, ethics@cqu.edu.au for further information.

Meeting and Submission Dates

CQUAEC meets six times per year and the meeting dates and submission deadlines are

2017 Schedule

Meeting Date Agenda Items Close

1 February 2017

23 January  2017

5 April 2017

20 March 2017

7 June 2017

22 May 2017

2 August 2017

23 July 2017

4 October 2017

18 September 2017

6 December 2017

20 November 2017

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, Fisheries and Forestry website.

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