This website has been developed by the Animal Research Review Panel and NSW Department of Primary Industries - Animal Welfare Branch. It aims to assist researchers, teachers and members of Animal Ethics Committees to access information about the operation of the Animal Research Act 1985, Animal Research Regulation 2010 and The Code of Practice in New South Wales.
In addition to specific information about this legislation, including relevant policies and guidelines, this site provides general information about legislation in other states and countries and links to many sites from which useful, general information promoting the humane care and use of animals for scientific purposes can be sourced.
The Animal Research Act covers the use of animals for a range of purposes including their use in research, teaching, product testing, field trials, diagnosis of disease, production of biological products and environmental studies. ‘Animals’ include all live non-human vertebrates (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals) and includes laboratory animals, farm livestock and wildlife.
The 8th Edition of the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes is available from the NHMRC website.
The Panel has a series of policies / guidelines related to the operation of accredited animal research establishments.
Presentations from the 2013 meeting for Animal Ethics Committees and researchers are available for download.
The Animal Research Review Panel has revised its guideline on wildlife surveys. It contains a wealth of information and includes updated references and current techniques such as camera traps.
The form for reporting animal use in research for 2014 should be completed by 31 March 2015.
The Animal Research Review Panel has revised its policy on grievance procedures for animal research establishments.
The Animal Research Review Panel has revised its policy on criteria for AEC membership.