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Using animals for scientific purposes

Topic: Animal Ethics

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Licences to use animals for scientific purposes

The Animal Welfare Act 2002 requires that any school using animals for scientific teaching activities in Western Australia must obtain a licence to use animals for scientific purposes from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD).

Department of Education schools (including IPS)

The Department of Education obtains a single licence on behalf of all public schools. When a public school uses animals in an activity under the Science learning area they must display the Department's licence in a public area - usually the school's front reception. This should not be confused with the Certificate of Approval that is provided to a teacher when they obtain approval from the Schools Animal Ethics Committee to undertake a teaching activity using animals. Download the 2019-2021 Department of Education Licence.

Catholic schools

Catholic Education WA (CEWA) obtains a single licence on behalf of Catholic schools in WA. When a Catholic school uses animals in an activity under the Science curriculum they must display the CEWA licence in a public area - usually the school's front reception. This should not be confused with the Certificate of Approval that is provided to a teacher when they obtain approval from the Schools Animal Ethics Committee to undertake a teaching activty using animals.

Download the current CEWA Licence.

Other

Non-government independent schools (not IPS) and other educational institutions such as TAFE colleges must obtain their own licence directly from DPIRD. The fee is $100 per calendar year and application forms are available on the DPIRD website. Once a school or other institution obtains their licence from DPIRD - before using any animals - they must contact their executive officer to arrange to use the SAEC as their Animal Ethics Committee and obtain approval for specific activities. Schools that are members of the Association of Independent Schools WA (AISWA) should contact the AISWA Executive Officer, all other organisations should contact the Department of Education Executive Officer.

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