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Animal Ethics System

Topic: Animal Ethics

Year Level
  • Early childhood
  • Kindergarten
  • Pre-primary
  • Year 1
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Content Type
  • Program/Overview
Audience
  • Principal
  • School leader
  • Teacher
Learning Area
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Science
  • VET

Use of animals in schools

Teachers planning to use animals for a teaching activity under the science strand may be required to submit an application and obtain approval from the Schools Animal Ethics Committee (SAEC), prior to commencing the activity. Applications can only be considered at SAEC meetings that are usually held in Week 3 and Week 8 of each school term and there are cut-off dates for each meeting.

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Animal Ethics System

The Animal Ethics System is a web-based, software application designed to reduce the time and effort required for schools to create and lodge applications and submit reports to the Schools Animal Ethics Committee (SAEC) for scientific activities. Both the System and the User Manual are designed to support schools and provide guidance about the requirements of the SAEC as the teacher and principal progress through the application and reporting processes.

Principals and teachers from all Department of Education schools have automatic access to the system.

Staff from Catholic schools and AISWA member schools (non-government independent schools) must contact their SAEC Executive Officer to obtain a User ID and Password before being able to log-in and use the system.

It is important to note that should you wish to alter any part of an approved activity you must complete and have approved, by the SAEC committee, an amendment form before commencing the activity.

Animal Ethics System

User manuals

There are small variations in the processes between Department of Education schools and other schools.  Download the manual relevant to your school.

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Department of Education - Animal Ethics System user manual

The Animal Ethics System is a web-based, software application designed to reduce the time and effort required for schools to create and lodge applications and submit reports to the Schools Animal Ethics Committee (SAEC) for scientific activities.

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AISWA member schools - Animal Ethics System user manual

The Animal Ethics System is a web-based, software application designed to reduce the time and effort required for schools to create and lodge applications and submit reports to the Schools Animal Ethics Committee (SAEC) for scientific activities.

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Catholic schools - Animal Ethics System user manual

The Animal Ethics System is a web-based, software application designed to reduce the time and effort required for schools to create and lodge applications and submit reports to the Schools Animal Ethics Committee (SAEC) for scientific activities.

Reporting requirements and forms

Schools must submit the following reports through the Animal Ethics System. Use these quick reference guides:

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Annual reports/approving and application - for principals

Submitted by principals - mandatory for all schools that have an approved activity (due by the end of November each year). If you have not undertaken the approved activity you must still submit a NIL return.

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Activity completion reports - for teachers

Submitted by teachers undertaking an approved activity (due within 14 days of the end of the activity). This report automatically feeds into the school's annual report making it easier for the principal to submit the annual report at the end of the year.

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Adding an activity - for teachers

Recording the new year's activity dates and animal numbers when you have a 3-year approval.

Other reporting

If there is an illness, injury, death or unexpected incident (e.g. an animal is lost), a report must be forwarded to the SAEC as soon as possible along with your animal use and health records for the period immediately before the incident.

For more detailed information on why these forms and processes are required refer to the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes - 8th Edition - Chapter 2.4 Responsibilities of investigators

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Illness/injury, death or unexpected incident report

Send this form to the SAEC Executive Officer promptly when an animal: 1. becomes ill or injured requiring veterinary treatment; 2. is euthanised or dies in unusual circumstances; or 3. escapes, is lost or there is an unexpected incident causing harm (e.g. vandalism or predator attack).

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Animal use and health records

This record should be retained by the school and be available to be viewed if an inspection takes place.

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Amendment form

This form should be completed when there has been a change to the original SAEC approved application.

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