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 and care for mice, rats, guinea pigs and rabbits for the purpose of use in a laboratory. Compliance with this code provides evidence of meeting the legal obligations for operating an institution that breeds or uses mice, rats, guinea pigs or rabbits for scientific research, testing or teaching.

It establishes minimum standards 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. It provides guidance on how to meet your legal obligations to treat animals humanely.

However, by complying with this code you can demonstrate that you have met your legal obligations. Proving that you have complied with this code can be used as a defence against a charge cruelty or aggravated cruelty to animals.

Please consult the responsible 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 Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources


Contact details

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Licensing Officer


Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources

Operating address: 475 Mickleham Road
Attwood, Victoria 3049
Mailing address: PO Box 2500
Bendigo, Victoria
Phone: 03 9217 4200
Fax: 03 9217 4416