Code of Practice for the Housing and Care of Laboratory Mice, Rats, Guinea Pigs and Rabbits - Victoria


You may be required to comply with this code if you house the following laboratory animals:

  • mice
  • rats
  • guinea pigs
  • rabbits.

It establishes minimum standards which are enforceable and promotes recommendations for the housing and care of these species. This code is intended to be read in conjunction with the current Australian Code of Practice for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes.

Compliance with this code of practice is not mandatory. However, by complying with this code you can demonstrate that you have met your legal obligations.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice is a set of rules which details how people in a certain industry should behave. A code of practice can be defined as a result of legislation or by industry regulators and bodies.

Act(s) name

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 Victoria

Regulation(s) name

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulations 2019 Victoria

Administering agency

Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action

Agriculture Victoria

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