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Queensland Schools Animal Ethics Committee

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The Queensland Schools Animal Ethics Committee (QSAEC) was established by the chief executive officers of the Department of Education, the Queensland Catholic Education Commission External Link and Independent Schools Queensland External Link to assist Queensland schools to meet their legal obligations under the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 (Qld) External Link and the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes Adobe PDF document External Link, 8th Edition 2013 (Cwlth) (the Code).

To ensure that schools comply with the legislation, the QSAEC:

QSAEC structure

In accordance with the Code, the committee members include veterinarians, suitable qualified persons with substantial and recent experience in the use of animals for scientific purposes, persons with demonstrable commitment to and experience with the welfare of animals, and independent persons with no involvement in the use of animals for scientific or teaching activities.

For further information on the functioning of the QSAEC please refer to the Terms of reference.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the QSAEC, please contact the Animal Ethics Officer on (07) 3513 5916.

Complaints and grievances

Procedures are in place to ensure the effective governance and operation of QSAEC. Should you have a complaint related to the QSAEC process or wish to lodge a grievance against a QSAEC decision, please contact for further information.

Calendar and meeting dates

The QSAEC meets four times each year to consider applications and improve operations. Applications must reach the QSAEC Animal Ethics Officer no later than the given closing date to be considered at the relevant meeting. Schools will be emailed after the QSAEC meeting to inform them of the committee's decision.

Term 1 2018
Applications close - Wednesday 21 February 2018
QSAEC meeting - Wednesday 7 March 2018

Term 2 2018
Applications close - Wednesday 16 May 2018
QSAEC meeting - Wednesday 30 May 2018

Term 3 2018
Applications close - Wednesday 15 August 2018
QSAEC meeting - Wednesday 29 August 2018

Term 4 2018
Applications close - Wednesday 7 November 2018
QSAEC meeting - Wednesday 21 November 2018

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