Submitting a new application
Review process for new applications
The Animal Ethics Committee (AEC) reviews all submissions.
The AEC meets ten (10) times a year. Meeting dates are available here.
All submissions to the AEC (including new applications, requests for amendment/addition of new personnel, Progress and Final reports, etc.) must be received a minimum of 2 and a half weeks prior to the meeting. This is essential to allow sufficient time for processing and review of submissions by the AEC prior to meetings.
Applications received after the closing date (see closing dates here) will be deferred to the next meeting.
If any specific comments or questions are raised by the Committee in the initial review period (especially for new applications), these are sent by email to the Principal Investigator (and the Associate Investigator where applicable) by the Monday of the week of the meeting. The PI then has until 4pm Wednesday to provide a response, which is reviewed by the Committee at the meeting the following day. The PI is to be available on the AEC meeting date, either telephonically or personally (between 12pm - 4pm), in the event that the Committee may need to clarify aspects of their new protocol application/amendment/progress report or final report.
These pre-meeting questions give applicants an opportunity to clarify queries the Committee may have regarding their submission, and can facilitate the approval process.
NB the written responses provided in response to AEC comments or queries constitute official documents and will be treated as part of the protocol submitted for approval. These documents, including email correspondence, are filed with the original protocol.
For information regarding the different AEC application processes, please see below:
Application to the AEC for a new project
Before filling in your application form ensure you have read and understood the relevant legislation, guidelines and policies which relate to your project.
Animals must not be ordered and research must not commence on a protocol until a signed Animal Research Authority and approval email is issued by the AEC.
- It is recommended that you seek advice from the Animal Welfare Officer or the Chair of the AEC before you lodge your application.
- Please ensure that you have provided a correct and current email address as we will correspond with you primarily through email.
If you are submitting an application for work relating to a Teaching unit:
- Course hand-outs must accompany the application.
- You should submit your application (see forms here) to the AEC at least two (2) months prior to the commencement of the practical class.
Use your OneID username (MQ2013XXXX, 4XXXXXXX or MQXXXXXXXX) and password to access the online application form.
Online user guides can be accessed here.
- The AEC strongly advises against submitting applications to the AEC meeting immediately before the date the practical class is due to start.
- If the AEC has concerns about a teaching protocol, it will not be approved purely because the practical class is about to commence. It is the responsibility of the researcher/teacher to ensure teaching protocols are submitted in time to allow the AEC to seek and receive clarification (if necessary) prior to the next meeting.
In collaborative projects, where a researcher employed by one institution carries out research at another institution, the AEC of the host institution would have a supervisory role over the research, but the employing institution would continue to have authority over the employee's actions and would be responsible for any acts of its employee which contravene the Animal Research Act.
To allow the Macquarie University AEC to properly monitor research, all collaborative projects that have been approved by another institution's AEC must also be submitted to the Macquarie University AEC for noting.
Collaborative projects should be submitted in the same way as an application for a new project (see form here)
Collaborations may include:
- Projects that will be carried out at more than one institution
- Collaborating investigator external to Macquarie University
- Animal being housed or moved to and from another institution during project
- Similar projects being conducted simultaneously at more than one institution
- Macquarie University Staff/Student performing research at another institution
- Other collaboration not listed above
You will be required to provide a copy of the Institution approved ARA and application form. The Macquarie University AEC requires notification of all approved changes to this protocol (including ARA renewals, amendments, progress reports, changes to personnel, final reports etc.) from the host AEC. It is the responsibility of Macquarie University Collaborators to ensure the Macquarie University AEC is kept informed in this way.