Animal Ethics Committee

The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) Animal Ethics Committee (AEC) has been established to consider proposals to conduct scientific or educational projects that involve animals. The DPIPWE AEC services DPIPWE Divisions and may, on request, assess applications to conduct animal research from external institutions, where there is considered to be significant public benefit from the research.

AEC approval is required under the Animal Welfare Act 1993 (the Act) and the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes, 8th Edition (2013, "the Code"). The Code is available at

As the latest version of the Code has been released there will be upcoming revisions to various AEC documentation and procedures, including amendments to the current AEC forms to correspond to the latest Code. Please familiarise yourself with the new Code and keep an eye out for upcoming AEC updates.


AEC Meeting Dates 2016  (406Kb)


See also Animal Research for information on licensing conditions for institutions conducting animal research, including interstate and overseas institutions conducting animal research in Tasmania.​


AEC Executive Officer
GPO Box 44
1 Franklin Wharf
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 03 6165 3144