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Research and Innovation

Animal ethics

Our commitment

Aquaculture at CDU

Charles Darwin University has a strong commitment to research excellence and integrity.

Through our world-class teaching and research profile, we deliver a significant contribution to furthering animal welfare and conservation in Australia and internationally.

Ensuring the welfare and ethical use of animals associated with that research is the cornerstone of the work of CDU animal ethics personnel and the CDU Animal Ethics Committee (AEC).

The CDU AEC and Animal Welfare Officer (acting in accordance with the NT Animal Welfare Act and regulations and the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes), are responsible for the administration of animal ethics and welfare at CDU.

The CDU AEC provides services to both CDU researchers and educators, as well as those from other organisations throughout the Northern Territory, assisting them to comply with ethical and legislative requirements. 

Services provided include managing submissions for ethical consideration, delivering animal ethics training and responding to animal welfare concerns.

Please contact the animal ethics team to discuss how they can support you in your work.

CDU AEC Meetings

The CDU AEC meets eight times every year. Closing dates for submissions are published alongside each meeting date below. Submission deadlines are approximately two weeks prior to a scheduled AEC meeting.

2019/2020 AEC Meetings

Meeting No.Submission Deadline (by 8:00am)Meeting Date
AEC Meeting 8/1918 November4 December
AEC Meeting 1/2020 January5 February
AEC Meeting 2/2024 February11 March
AEC Meeting 3/206 April22 April
AEC Meeting 4/2018 May10 June
AEC Meeting 5/2013 July29 July
AEC Meeting 6/2017 August2 September
AEC Meeting 7/2028 September14 October
AEC Meeting 8/2016 November2 December

Respect for animals must underpin all decisions and actions involving the care and use of animals for scientific purposes.

Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes, NHMRC, 2013