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Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Animal Ethics Committee

The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Animal Ethics Committee (AEC) provides corporations, institutions and individuals with access to an AEC if they are unable to establish their own.

You may seek approval from the department's AEC to conduct scientific activities involving the use of animals in Queensland.

Applying for approval from the department's AEC

To apply for approval to conduct scientific activities using animals, you must:

  1. Register with Biosecurity Queensland as a user of animals for scientific purposes by completing the appropriate registration form.*
  2. Complete the Application to Use Animals for a Scientific Purpose form.

*You must register with Biosecurity Queensland before obtaining approval from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries AEC.

Additional forms

Approved forms cannot be updated after your application has been approved. To send an update or provide us with additional information, you must use the following forms:

Project completion reporting

You must provide written advice to us once your project finishes by completing the Project Completion Advice form. We will send you a reminder to submit the form when your project reaches its completion date.

Annual reporting

At the end of each calendar year everyone with a current AEC approval from the department's AEC must provide written advice by completing the Annual Progress Report form. You will need to use the Animal Types List to complete the progress report.

You must complete annual reporting as early in the year as possible to allow us to meet legislated animal use reporting requirements.

AEC summary report

At the end of each financial year the AEC submits an annual report to the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. This report covers the AEC’s compliance with the Code and the functioning of the AEC. Read a summary of the AEC annual report.

AEC terms of reference and procedures

The AEC terms of reference and procedures provides details of current AEC processes. It combines the AEC terms of reference and AEC procedures.

AEC (Community Access) 2021 meeting dates

The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Community Access AEC 2021 meeting dates are provided. Please note these are a guide only.

Applications due Date of meeting
6 January18 January
10 February22 February
17 March29 March
7 April19 April
19 May31 May
16 June28 June
14 July26 July
18 August30 August
15 September27 September
13 October25 October
17 November29 November

More information

Contact our Customer Service Centre for more information or to speak to a member of the department's AEC.