Animal Care & Ethics

Charles Sturt University (CSU) has a commitment to excellence in research and teaching. Appropriate use of animals for scientific purposes is part of this commitment. Positive welfare of animals is a high priority at all times.

You have a personal and legal responsibility for the welfare of animals.

The Animal Care and Ethics Committee (ACEC) oversees the use of animals at the University. This oversight applies to animals used for scientific purposes.

The animals that need to have ACEC approval are all vertebrates and cephalopods. You cannot use these animals without ACEC approval.

The ACEC will consider the ethics and scientific merit of animal use, as well as animal welfare.

You must consider and apply the ‘3Rs’ in your teaching or research activities. The 3Rs are Replacement, Reduction and Refinement.

The University has obligations as a licensed research establishment and animal supplier.  Individuals also have obligations under legislation. Significant penalties apply for failure to meet these obligations.

Teaching and research using animals cannot start without approval from the ACEC.

Do I need to apply for ethics approval?

Application and approval process


Managing approved projects

Animal Care and Ethics Committee membership

Standard operating procedures

Meeting dates


Complaints and non-compliance

Australian Code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes

3Rs and related concepts

Resources and Guides