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 2 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 1||14 February 2023||30 January 2023|
|Meeting 2||21 March 2023||6 March 2023|
|Meeting 3||9 May 2023||24 April 2023|
|Meeting 4||13 June 2023||29 May 2023|
|Meeting 5||1 August 2023||17 July 2023|
|Meeting 6||5 September 2023||21 August 2023|
|Meeting 7||24 October 2023||9 October 2023|
|Meeting 8||28 November 2023||13 November 2023|
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 Terms of Reference should be considered in conjunction with the SAEC operating procedures.
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 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.