Do I need to apply for Ethics Approval?

Yes, if you are undertaking research or teaching involving animals you will require ethics approval.

Under the Animal Research Act and the Australian Code for the Care and use of Animals for Scientific Purposes, anyone wishing to use animals for teaching or scientific purposes must apply to the Animal Ethics Committee which is directly responsible to the governing body of the institution; in this case, the Charles Sturt University Animal Care & Ethics Committee (ACEC).

The code defines an animal as: any live non-human vertebrate (that is, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, encompassing domestic animals, purpose-bred animals, livestock, wildlife) and cephalopods.