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Schools Animal Ethics Committee

Topic: Animal ethics

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About the Schools Animal Ethics Committee

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:

  • Department of Education
  • Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia (AISWA)
  • Catholic Education Office of Western Australia (CEWA)


SAEC meeting dates

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.

MeetingDateApplication cut-off date
 Term 1 
Meeting 113 February 202429 January 2024
Meeting 219 March 20244 March 2024
 Term 2 
Meeting 330 April 202415 April 2024
Meeting 44 June 202420 May 2024
 Term 3 
Meeting 530 July 202415 July 2024
Meeting 63 September 202419 August 2024
 Term 4 
Meeting 722 October 20247 October 2024
Meeting 826 November 202411 November 2024

Terms of reference

The terms of reference for the SAEC must be publicly available and should be read in conjunction with the SAEC operating procedures.


SAEC terms of reference and 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.


SAEC complaints process

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.


SAEC membership package

Information relating to committee roles and functions, including membership and category information.

SAEC Executive Officers

Department of Education schools and general enquiries:
Mikaela Ciprian
[email protected]
9264 5202

AISWA member schools:
Chris Witt
[email protected]
9441 1671

Catholic schools:
Caterina Di Carlantonio
[email protected]
9380 1729

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