Registration of persons using animals for scientific purposes - Queensland

Service summary

This registration is required by any person who intends to use an animal for a scientific purpose or allow an animal to be used for a scientific purpose in Queensland.

A person who commissions or funds animal use for a scientific purpose in Queensland and who is not involved in the 'hands on' work must only be registered if they retain a person who is not registered.

A person who undertakes 'hands on' work with animals for scientific purposes in Queensland must register with Biosecurity Queensland.

Service type


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

Definition of terms


for the purposes of registration, a person is defined as:

  • an individual, or
  • a corporation, for example a research institution, a Commonwealth, State, or Local Government Department or body, a theme park, a zoo, a pharmaceutical company,  or
  • a learning institution, for example a school, college, TAFE, or University.
Scientific purposes under the Act

Scientific purposes are activities performed to acquire, develop or demonstrate knowledge or techniques in any scientific discipline including:

  • teaching
  • field trials
  • environmental studies
  • research diagnosis
  • product testing
  • production of biological products.

Scientific purposes also include using any animal or the remains of an animal that was killed for the purposes of any of the above.


This registration cannot be transferred.


The registration is for a period of three (3) years from date of registration approval.



Corporation or corporation role that carries on or is the governing body of primary or secondary schools


Corporation with 10 - 50 employees


Corporation with 51 or more employees


Corporation with less than 10 employees


Individual fee


Apply for this registration by submitting an Application for registration as a scientific user to Biosecurity Queensland. You must include the following items with your completed application:

  • the application fee
  • nominated Animal Ethics Committee.

Application processing and approval

Your application for registration is decided within 28 days of receiving all the necessary information.  An application may be:

  • approved and the person registered
  • approved and the person registered subject to registration conditions
  • not approved pending the provision of further documents or information
  • refused on the basis that the Chief Executive of the Department is not satisfied that the applicant, or any animal ethics committee nominated by the applicant, will comply with the Scientific Use Code.

Additional information

For more information, visit the relevant Act and code of practice which are linked below.

Administering agency

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Biosecurity Queensland
Animal Biosecurity and Welfare

Act(s) name

Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 (Queensland)

Contact details

Project Officer
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Biosecurity Queensland
Animal Biosecurity and Welfare

Mailing address:
GPO Box 46
Queensland 4001


07 3087 8026


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