Complaints and Non-Compliance

Charles Sturt University embraces a duty of care which demands a genuine commitment to the welfare of animals, a respect for the contribution the animals make to research and teaching and a desire to promote the animal's well-being.

Should you have any complaints or concerns with respect to the treatment or use of animals at Charles Sturt University please contact the ACEC via:

Geoff Dutton
Presiding Officer
Email: animalethics@
Phone: 02 6933 4006

Marion Kater
Governance Officer
Email: animalethics@

Phone: 02 6933 4322

Ethics and Compliance Unit
Building 3
Charles Sturt University Wagga Wagga

Postal Address
Ethics and Compliance Unit
Charles Sturt University
Locked Bag 588
Wagga Wagga NSW 2678

Concerns or complaints are treated confidentially and are investigated by the ACEC.


Researchers and Staff at Charles Sturt University must comply with the code and legislation with respect to the treatment and use of animals.  Compliance requirements may include, but not limited to:

  • ensuring appropriate applications are submitted prior to commencement of project
  • timely submission of reporting
  • operating within project protocols and methodology
  • use of animals only as authorised

Failure to comply with requirements may result in the suspension or termination of your research project and Charles Sturt University staff may be subject to disciplinary action and/or termination of employment under the University Policy.

It is important to note that mistreatment or cruelty to animals may also result in prosecution under the Prevention to the Cruelty to Animals Act.  Non-compliance also poses a risk at an institutional level and may result in the loss of licence for Charles Sturt University as a registered research facility.

Complaints about the Committee Process

Complaints about Committee processes can be made by participants and non-participants.  Refer to the Complaints Management policy for details.

Conflict Of Interest

In raising complaints and concerns, notice should be taken of the University's Conflict of Interest