Licensing to use animals in research or teaching
Organisations or individuals wanting to conduct scientific procedures with animals in Victoria must hold an authorising licence issued by the Secretary of the department.
Scientific Procedures may be authorised by a Scientific Procedures Premises Licence (SPPL) or a Scientific Procedures Fieldwork Licence (SPFL) depending on the type of animals used, as well as the type of location where the work will be conducted.
The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 also requires that the breeding of Specified Animals (i.e. guinea pigs; rats; mice; rabbits other than rats, mice and rabbits bred in their native habitat; and non-human primates) in Victoria for use in Scientific Procedures be authorised by a licence issued by the Head of DEDJTR.
A Scientific Procedures Premises Licence may be used to authorise the breeding of specified animals. This breeding, however, is restricted to providing animals for the use of the licence holder only. The SPPL does not authorise breeding of Specified Animals for supply to other institutions. If breeding for supply is undertaken, a Specified Animals Breeding Licence (SABL) is required.
In line with the principle of Reduction, however, if the numbers of Specified Animals approved for use in a project under a SPPL are subsequently found to be in excess of project requirements, these animals may be passed on to other licence holders without the need for a Specified Animals Breeding Licence. It is expected that these numbers will be very small.
Licences will only be issued to legal entities; that is, entities able to be prosecuted in Victoria. Legal entities include natural persons and bodies corporate. Bodies corporate include ASIC-registered Australian and international companies, institutions incorporated by statute of an Australian parliament, and associations incorporated under Australian State or Territory incorporation legislation, such as through Consumer Affairs Victoria. An Australian Business Number (ABN) alone does not indicate body corporate status.
- Activities requiring a licence
- Licence holders based outside Victoria
- Victorian schools
- Activities requiring additional permits
- Types of licences
- Animal use returns
Guidelines for licence holders, researchers, teachers and Animal Ethics Committees considering rehoming animals after the conclusion of a research or teaching project.
- Establishing a rehoming program for animals used in research and teaching (PDF - 475.0 KB)
- Establishing a rehoming program for animals used in research and teaching (WORD - 220.1 KB)
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