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Animal Welfare and Ethics

In undertaking the use of animals for scientific animals, James Cook University (JCU) abides by the animal research and teaching legislation in each jurisdiction as well as the Australian Code for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes (the Code).

The Code is published after extensive public consultation by the National Health and Medical Research Council and is prepared by a working committee comprising representatives of stakeholders including animal welfare organisations.

‘The Code applies throughout the animal’s involvement in activities and projects, including acquisition, transport, breeding, housing, husbandry, the use of the animal in a project, and the provisions for the animal at the completion of their use.’

Animal Ethics Committee Meeting Dates 2022

Please note that AEC meeting dates may change depending on availability of AEC members. We will do our best to notify applicants when this occurs.

Deadline to Ethics Monitor

Closing Date to Ethics OfficeAEC Meeting Date

18 January 2022

15 February 2022

15 March 2022

12 April 2022

17 May 2022

14 June 2022

12 July 2022

16 August 2022

13 September 2022

11 October 2022

15 November 2022

25 January 2022

22 February 2022

22 March 2022

21 April 2022

24 May 2022

22 June 2022

19 July 2022

23 August 2022

20 September 2022

18 October 2022

22 November 2022

08 February 2022

08 March 2022

05 April 2022

03 May 2022

07 June 2022

05July 2022

02 August 2022

06 September 2022

04 October 2022

01 November 2022

06 December 2022

JCU recognises the significant role animals play in the progression of human knowledge. JCU research projects use animals only when their use is justified and when no other alternatives are available.

JCU's Animal Ethics Committee's primary role is to protect the welfare of animals used in research and teaching and ensure that their use is justified and scientifically worthwhile.

View the AEC Application Process.

Animal Ethics Committee Chair

Professor Lin Schwarzkopf
College of Marine & Environmental Sciences
James Cook University
Phone: (07) 4781 5467

Concerns, complaints and feedback about the treatment of animals at JCU are taken seriously and will be thoroughly investigated with action taken if proven.

If you have an enquiry, concern or complaint about any of the following, you may contact the Animal Welfare Officer directly for confidential advice, discuss the concern or lodge a complaint.

  • An animal being held on the property of the University or an external property or field work site.
  • The activities or behaviour of a researcher, teacher or other staff member.
  • The activities of a person or group that may affect or interfere with animal welfare, health or the progress of a research or teaching project.

All concerns and complaints will be followed up promptly and confidentially, although at times, there might be a need to identify the complainant for procedural fairness.

The Animal Welfare Officer and AEC follow the University’s investigation and complaint procedures to ensure all parties are heard and the matter is dealt with effectively. Anonymous complaints will also be investigated, however, the ability to investigate thoroughly may be affected by not being able to clarify certain facts with the original complainant.

If you receive a complaint about your work with animals, please refer it to the JCU Connect Animal Welfare and Ethics team to ensure the complaint is dealt with and to prevent unnecessary escalation.

Contact the JCU Connect Animal Welfare and Ethics team

Visit the JCU Connect Ethics team on level 3 in The Science Place (Townsville) or in the Sir Robert Norman Building E2, Room 102C (Cairns).

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Katie Sambrook

Animal Ethics Officer

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Craig Godfrey

Manager, Animal Welfare and Research Ethics