Australian Code of Practice for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes - Australian Government

Service summary

You may be required to comply with this Code if you intend to care for or use animals for scientific purposes.

This code encompasses all aspects of the care and use of, or interaction with, animals for scientific purposes in medicine, biology, agriculture, veterinary and other animal sciences, industry, training and teaching. This includes their use in research, teaching, field trials, product testing, diagnosis, the production of biological products and environmental studies, and may also cover other activities such as the use of animals for breeding, research, or training in wildlife parks and zoos.

The code provides general principles for the care and use of animals, specifies the responsibilities of investigators and institutions, and details the terms of reference, membership and operation of animal ethics committees. It also provides guidelines for the humane conduct of scientific and teaching activities, and for the acquisition of animals and their care, including their environmental and physical needs.

Please contact the Agency for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice can be either a legal requirement or non-legal requirement. Legal codes of practice are defined as a result of legislation. Non-legal codes of practice are defined by industry regulators and bodies.

Administering agency

Department of Health
Office of the Gene Technology Regulator
Regulatory Practice and Compliance Branch

Act(s) name

Gene Technology Act 2000 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Gene Technology Regulations 2001 (Australian Government)

Contact details

Department of Health
Office of the Gene Technology Regulator
Regulatory Practice and Compliance Branch

Mailing address:
GPO BOX 9848
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601


1800 181 030


02 6271 4202


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