It is the responsibility of the researcher to ensure that all necessary permits and licences are in place prior to commencing any research or teaching activity involving animals. Severe penalties may be imposed if appropriate licences are not obtained.
Flinders University is licensed under Section 17 (2) of the Animal Welfare Act 1985 to use animals for teaching, research or experimentation purposes. A condition of licence is that the acquisition and use must first be approved by the AWC.
Work involving animals in the wild also requires a Scientific Permit from the SA Department of Environment and Water (DEW) and/or from Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA). Further information on how to obtain a Scientific Permit can be found on the DEW Scientific Research Permits page.
Other Australian states and territories
The requirements for the acquisition and use of animals vary between the Australian states and territories. In some cases, you may need to obtain a licence, in addition to obtaining approval from the AWC.
Where an individual licence is required, the cost is to be covered by the research project. If multiple researchers require licences to work within a single jurisdiction, they will share the cost of a licence for the relevant period. In the first instance, please check requirements for the area/s in which you intend to work and then contact the Animal Ethics Officer to determine whether a licence is already in place.
It is the responsibility of the researcher to ensure that all necessary permits and licences are in place prior to commencing any research or teaching activity involving animals in an overseas country.