Murdoch University fosters leading standards in animal welfare and is committed to the ethical care and use of animals for scientific purposes. Staff and students must adhere to the Australian Code for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes Animal Code (below) in all aspects of the care and use of animals and follow the guiding principles of the 3 Rs:​​​​​​​

  • Replacement – methods that replace or partially replace the use of animals.
  • Reduction – methods for obtaining comparable levels of information from the use of fewer animals in scientific procedures and/or for obtaining more information from the same number of animals.
  • Refinement – methods that alleviate or minimise potential pain and distress and enhance animal wellbeing.

Murdoch University staff and students are expected to:

  • design and conduct their research in accordance with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research
  • comply with the Animal Code and any other state and Murdoch University legislation, as outlined on Legislation and links.

Animal Care and Ethics (ACE) workshops

Enrolment in this workshop is a compulsory requirement towards the Animal Care and Ethics registration and animal ethics approval. These workshops are held every month and take approximately 1 hour.

Investigators must complete ANZCCART’s ComPass online course (Modules 1 to 7 and 8 is the quiz) before enrolling in the workshop.

To enrol for the Animal Care and Ethics Training Workshop, email the Animal Welfare Advisor - Research & Teaching at

2024 workshop dates

  • January 31
  • February 21
  • March 20
  • April 17
  • May 15
  • June 19
  • July 17
  • August 21
  • September 18
  • October 23
  • November 20

For further information about the workshops and to enrol, email the Animal Ethics Advisor at

Animal ethics approval

You need ethics approval if your project or activity involves the care and use of animals for scientific purposes on campus, in the field or in collaboration with other institutions.

Animal ethics applications are reviewed by the Animal Ethics Committee (“AEC”) monthly. To apply for an application review at a committee meeting, ensure you submit your application and supporting documentation by the agenda deadline.

All personnel that are involved in handling animals on the project must complete an online Working with Animals training module and attend an Animal Care & Ethics Workshop or provide evidence of equivalent training in animal ethics before they can be included as co-investigators.

Managing approved projects

Your animal ethics permit, with its allocated unique identification number, must be:

  • displayed wherever animals are used for scientific purposes e.g. in the laboratory, carried in the field e.g. in the car or boat; and/or
  • used in all correspondence related to that permit.
Any changes to an approved project require the submission of an amendment. Investigators must promptly notify the AEC of any breaches or unexpected adverse incidents.

You can find information and resources on our useful information page, including:

  • amendments
  • changes to investigators
  • monitoring
  • adverse incidents
  • annual reporting
  • reporting a breach

Contact us

Murdoch University
Chancellery Building Room 1.006
South Street, Murdoch
Western Australia 6150


Phone: +61 9 9360 6472