Animal Research Authority - New South Wales

Service summary

You will require this authority if you intend to conduct research on animals for the purpose of a particular research project. Animal research means any procedure, test, experiment, inquiry, investigation or study in connection with an animal.

Please be aware that the Agency or an accredited research establishment may issue an authority. The authorities can only be issued on the recommendation of an Animal Ethics Committee. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this Authority your application must:

  • Include details of the research project that will involve animal research;
  • Include particulars of any application made to an accredited research establishment for an animal research authority in respect of the same project and of any refusal of such an application;
  • Identify where the animal research will be conducted;
  • Include particulars of any cancellation of any animal research authority or animal supplier's licence previously held; and
  • Be accompanied by the prescribed fee.

The website outlines further details regarding eligibility. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


Authorities can only be issued for a 12 month period, and will need to be renewed annually during the life of any approved project that runs for more than 12 months.



Application fees are listed on the website.


Administering agency

Department of Industry
NSW Department of Primary Industries
Biosecurity NSW

Act(s) name

Animal Research Act 1985 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Animal Research Regulation 2010 (New South Wales)

Contact details

Animal Welfare Unit
Department of Industry
NSW Department of Primary Industries
Biosecurity NSW

Operating address:
161 Kite Street
New South Wales 2800
Mailing address:
Locked Bag 21
New South Wales 2800


02 6391 3149

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