Applying for animal ethics approval

Guidelines on how to apply for ethics approval

Complete your application form for ethics approval

Your completed application form for ethics approval must be sent to the Animal Ethics Committee.

UNE approved SOP's can be found here (UNE staff log-in required) or email for a copy of the required SOP's.

A sample of a completed application form will be available soon as a guide to work from.

Always download applications/templates from the ethics website. Superseded application and amendment forms will no longer be accepted by the AEC as they do not conform to current legislative requirements. They will be returned to the principal researcher for re-submission.

Monitoring sheets

Daily Record of Care

Intensive Observation Monitoring Sheet - refer to question B7 on the application form.

Anesthetic/Surgical Monitoring Sheet - refer to question B7 on the application form.

Unexpected Adverse Event and Post Mortem Reports

Unexpected Adverse Event Report - to be completed and submitted to within 24 hours of the event

Post-mortem Report Template - to be completed and submitted to within 2 weeks of the death

Sample Information Sheet and Consent Form

These templates must be submitted with applications where the researchers are using privately owned animals.  Please modify these forms so that they align with your project.  They are samples only giving you a starting point and information that must be given to the animals owners.

Information Sheet for Owners of Privately Owned Animals Used in Research

Consent Form

Animal Ethics Course

Animal Ethics Course Requirements

If you have successfully completed either ANPR321 or ANSC304 (or a similar unit at another university) please attach a copy of your transcript to your application. You will then be issued with an Animal Ethics course number by the Ethics Officer.

If you have not completed the UNE’s Animal Ethics Course then you will need to do one of the following:

  • If you have completed an Animal Ethics Course at another university or institution please attach a copy of this to your application and if it is deemed to be acceptable you will be issued with an Animal Ethics Number.


  • If you feel that you have relevant experience please complete a statutory declaration indicating what experience you have had handling animals in relation to the research that you will be undertaking.

After your research is underway

During the course of your research, you may have the need to amend your approved animal ethics application. This should be done using a Variation Form.

The Animal Ethics Committee can only approve projects for the duration of twelve months at a time. If you require an extension, beyond this, a Progress Report accompanying a Variation must be submitted. Otherwise a Final report must be submitted once the data collection phase has been completed.

If you are the holder of a breeding /colony Authority you will need to complete a Breeding Colony report six monthly.

Variation form

Variation Form

If you need to request an extension of time, an amendment to your project, the addition of staff or students to the protocol or any other variation to your already approved application please complete and submit the Variation Form.

Progress, Final and Breeding Colony Reports

Progress Report — Must be completed when submitting a Variation requesting an extension of time beyond the original twelve months. A Progress Report cannot be used to request an extension of time. This must be requested using a Variation form.

Final Report — Must be completed once you have completed your data collection and submitted to the AEC.

Breeding Colony Maintenance Report — Must be completed annually and submitted to the AEC.


Applications for ethics approval must reach Research Services by 12.00 noon on the nominated closing date for discussion at the next committee meeting.

Signatures can be signed electronically, or signed by hand.

Email all applications and any supporting documents (in colour) to:

Animal Ethics: