Animal Research Licence - Tasmania

Service summary

You will require this licence if you operate an animal research institution and intend to conduct animal research activities. This includes conducting any procedure, test, experiment, inquiry or study in the course of which an animal is subjected to an extensive list of procedures or treatments such as:

  • surgical, medical, psychological, biological, chemical or physical treatment
  • abnormal conditions of heat, cold, light, dark, confinement, noise, isolation or overcrowding
  • abnormal dietary conditions
  • electric shock or radiation treatment.

This licence is also required for research requiring any material or substance to be extracted or derived from the body of an animal. A licensed institution may carry out animal research at one or more places or premises. Please note that there are additional requirements if you intend to use Tasmanian wildlife (including fish) for animal research purposes.

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 an animal research licence, you must:

  • be registered with the Agency as a recognised institution
  • have an Animal Experimentation Ethics Committee
  • abide by conditions in the licence and the required code of practice
  • lodge a written application detailing the general nature of research to be undertaken
  • provide any other documentation as required
  • pay any fees.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.



Up to 3 years.



Fees range from $139.50 to $558 depending on number of project proposals, researchers involved, and location of institute. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.



Please lodge your application and accompanying documentation directly with the Agency.

Administering agency

Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment
Biosecurity Tasmania
Animal Health and Welfare

Act(s) name

Animal Welfare Act 1993 (Tasmania)

Regulation(s) name

Animal Welfare (General) Regulations 2013 (Tasmania)

Contact details

Inspector of Animal Research
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment
Biosecurity Tasmania
Animal Health and Welfare

Operating address:
13 St Johns Avenue
New Town
Tasmania 7008
Mailing address:
Hobart, Tasmania 7001


03 6165 3263


03 6278 1875

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