Terms of reference

This page details the Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) Animal Ethics Committee (AEC) Terms of Reference.


The PIRSA AEC is responsible for ensuring all research, teaching and experimentation using animals by PIRSA personnel or collaborators is compliant with the:

The Code aims to:

  • emphasise the responsibilities of investigators, teachers and institutions using animals
  • ensure that the welfare of animals is always considered
  • ensure that the use of animals is justified
  • avoid pain or distress for each animal used in scientific and teaching activities
  • minimise the number of animals used in projects
  • promote the development and use of techniques which replace animal use in scientific and teaching activities.

Applications submitted to the Committee

  • The committee does not directly receive applications.
  • The committee will consider all proposals at their scheduled meetings before making recommendations or advising of their approval.


The South Australia Animal Welfare Act 1985 regulates the use of animals for teaching, research or experimentation in South Australia.

We are licensed under the Act to acquire and use animals subject to the following conditions:

  • The acquisition and use of animals for research or teaching must not commence before
    • all information requested by the PIRSA Animal Ethics Committee has been supplied
    • the PIRSA Animal Ethics Committee has granted approval.
  • Adequate animal care, housing and handling is maintained.
  • Proper and adequate post-procedural care, including appropriate veterinary attention, must be provided for the animals.
  • Animals must be treated humanely and in accordance with the Act and associated regulations.
  • All procedures are to be carried out in accordance with the Australian Code of Practice for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes.

Committee membership

PIRSA AEC membership is a two-year term.

Each membership category must have at least 2 members each.

Category A

A person with:

  • qualifications in veterinary science
  • experience relevant to the activities of the institution (or, in special circumstances, a person with comparable qualifications and experience).

Category B

A person with substantial recent experience in the use of animals in scientific or teaching activities.

Category C

A person:

  • with demonstrable commitment to, and established experience in, furthering the welfare of animals
  • who is not employed by or otherwise associated with the institution
  • who is not involved in the care and use of animals for scientific purposes
  • where possible, be selected on the basis of active membership of, and nomination by, an animal welfare organisation.

Category D

An independent person who:

  • does not currently and has not previously conducted scientific or teaching activities using animals
  • who is not an employee of the institution, except under defined circumstances.

Category E

A person responsible for the daily care of animals within the institution.

Related information


If you have any questions about the PIRSA AEC please contact us:

Executive Officer
PIRSA Animal Ethics Committee

JS Davies Bldg.,
Roseworthy Campus
SA 5371

Ph: (08) 8313 7665
Fax: (08) 8313 7689
Email: PIRSA.AnimalEthics@sa.gov.au.

Page Last Reviewed: 20 Jan 2015
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