This website has been developed by the Animal Research Review Panel and NSW Department of Primary Industries - Animal Welfare Unit. 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.
Includes animal housing and care resources, and organisation information.
The principles of the Replacement, Reduction and Refinement provide a framework for ethical decision making in the use of animals in research and teaching.
Guideline document to assist in the successful rehoming of animals used in research and teaching.
Guideline 16 has been revised for the assistance of AECs supervising animal care and management activities that are not part of approved research projects.
The NHMRC has amended the Australian Code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes to ban the use of animals for cosmetic testing. Section 7 Cosmetic testing has been added to the Code and supporting documents published on the webpage.