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:

The CQU Animal Ethics Committee underwent an external review in October 2020, to meet the requirements of the Australian Code for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes.

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.

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

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.

Meeting and Submission Dates

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

2022 Schedule

Meeting DateAgenda Items Close
Wednesday 9 February 202226 January 2022
Wednesday 9 March 202223 February 2022
Wednesday 13 April 202230 March 2022
Wednesday 11 May 202227 April 2022
Wednesday 8 June 202225 May 2022
Wednesday 13 July 202229 June 2022
Wednesday 10 August 202227 July 2022
Wednesday 14 September 202231 August 2022
Wednesday 12 October 202228 September 2022
Wednesday 9 November 202226 October 2022
Wednesday 14 December 202229 November 2022

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.

Policies & Procedures

Internal only

Moodle (Ethics)