The Schools Animal Ethics Committee (SAEC) acts as the animal ethics committee for all licensed schools and agricultural colleges in Western Australia. This committee is responsible for ensuring that the use of animals in schools and colleges complies with the Animal Welfare Act 2002 (AWA Act) and the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes, 8th Edition 2013, updated 2021 (the Code).
The SAEC services the following institutions and their associated schools and colleges:
Applications must submitted via the online Animal Ethics System two weeks prior to the SAEC meeting date. Applications received after the cut-off date may be deferred to the next meeting. Contact your executive officer as soon as possible if there is difficulty submitting an application prior to the cut-off date.
|Meeting||Date||Application cut-off date|
|Meeting 2||22 March 2022||7 March 2022|
|Meeting 3||10 May 2022||25 April 2022|
|Meeting 4||14 June 2022||30 May 2022|
|Meeting 5||2 August 2022||18 July 2022|
|Meeting 6||6 September 2022||22 August 2022|
|Meeting 7||25 October 2022||10 October 2022|
|Meeting 8||22 November 2022||7 November 2022|
The role of the SAEC is to ensure that the use of animals for scientific purposes is justified, provides for the welfare of those animals and incorporates the principles of Replacement, Reduction and Refinement.
The Terms of Reference of the Schools Animal Ethics Committee is to:
The Schools Animal Ethics Committee (SAEC) acts as the animal ethics committee for schools and colleges in Western Australia that hold a licence to use animals for scientific purposes.
The Schools Animal Ethics Committee (SAEC) is committed to an efficient and fair resolution of complaints. There is a recognition that fairness relates both to the complainant and the complainer.
Information relating to committee roles and functions, including membership and category information.
The role of the SAEC is to ensure that the use of animals for scientific purposes is justified, provides for the welfare of those animals and incorporates the principles of replacement, reduction and refinement.