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.

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

2019 Schedule

Meeting DateAgenda Items Close

6 February 2019

21 January  2019

6 March 2019

18 February 2019

3 April 2019

18 March 2019

8 May 2019

23 April 2019

5 June 2019

20 May 2019

3 July 2019

17 June 2019

7 August 2019

22 July 2019

4 September 2019

19 August 2019

2 October 2019

16 September 2019

6 November 2019

21 October 2019

4 December 2019

18 November 2019

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.