Licence to Supply or Use Animals for Scientific Purposes - Western Australia


You will need this licence if you intend to use or supply animals for scientific purposes, such as to:

  • use animals for scientific purposes at scientific establishments
  • use animals for scientific purposes as a member of staff, or a student at scientific establishments
  • carry on a business of supplying animals for use for scientific purposes.

A scientific purpose means acquiring, developing or demonstrating knowledge or techniques in a science discipline and includes teaching, research, product development or testing and / or any other prescribed activity.

An animal is any live vertebrate other than a human or fish.

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 licence, you must:

  • ensure that your scientific establishment has an Animal Ethics Committee, or has arranged for the Animal Ethics Committee of another scientific establishment to act as your Animal Ethics Committee
  • ensure that your scientific establishment complies with the scientific use code
  • have the necessary experience and competence in using animals for scientific purposes
  • have the necessary experience and competence in caring for and handling the kind of animals you intend to use
  • provide adequate protection for the welfare, safety and health of the animals.

The Agency will also take into account whether you, or any of your staff or students, have been convicted of an offence under the Act in the past three years, or have ever been suspended or revoked or disqualified from holding this licence.


Up to 3 years


31 December


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Fees for 2023-24:

  • 1 year - $100.00
  • 2 years - $200.00
  • 3 years - $300.00.

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Act(s) name

Animal Welfare Act 2002 Western Australia

Regulation(s) name

Animal Welfare (Scientific Purposes) Regulations 2003 Western Australia

Application process


If you do not have an Animal Ethics Committee (AEC) you must arrange to use the AEC of another scientific establishment and provide the Agency with a copy of the formal agreement between your establishment and the establishment providing access to its AEC.

Additional information

Please be aware that:

  • you will also need approval from the Animal Ethics Committee of the scientific establishment for each of the animals used
  • your licence maybe subject to conditions and compliance with the Australian Code for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes 8th Edition 2013 (scientific use code).

Administering agency

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development

Agriculture and Food

Contact details

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