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.

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:

2022 Schedule

Meeting DateAgenda Items Close

Wednesday 9 February 2022

26 January 2022

Wednesday 9 March 2022

23 February 2022

Wednesday 13 April 2022

30 March 2022

Wednesday 11 May 2022

27 April 2022

Wednesday 8 June 2022

25 May 2022

Wednesday 13 July 2022

29 June 2022

Wednesday 10 August 2022

27 July 2022

Wednesday 14 September 2022

31 August 2022

Wednesday 12 October 2022

28 September 2022

Wednesday 9 November 2022

26 October 2022

Wednesday 14 December 2022

29 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.