This information applies to all Victorian government, Catholic and independent primary and secondary schools.
Information on this site will help your school fulfil the requirements of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and the Australian Code of Practice for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes 8th Edition 2013.
The Code of Practice embodies the principles of:
- Replacement of animal use
- Reduction of animal use
- Refinement of animal use
These are known as the "3 Rs". It is important to consider these principles when designing and carrying out educational activities.
For all details regarding compliance, including what needs to be approved, see: Compliance
Planning to use animals
Consider the following aspects when planning to use animals in teaching:
- Schools must provide an educational justification for the use of animals in school contexts. Consider the "3 Rs" (Replacement, Reduction, Refinement) and the many alternatives available to animal use.
- Schools must provide conditions and management appropriate to the behavioural and physical needs of any animals used for educational purposes.
- Schools are responsible for assisting students to develop a respect for animals and to understand the ethical issues involved in the use of animals.
A step-by-step decision making process is available to help plan how you can use animals in schools, see: Decision Making Process
Care and Use of Animals Approval and Reporting System
The Care and Use of Animals in Schools Approval and Reporting System application allows schools to self-report and comply with animal related legislative and Departmental policy requirements.
For information on using the system, see: How to Use the Approval and Reporting System
School principals can access all options on the menu of the Approval and Reporting System. Principals can add other school users to access these options. For full details, see: Approval and Reporting System User Guide (doc - 4.57mb).
Government schools are covered by common Scientific Procedures Premises Licence. However, Independent and Catholic schools must have a Scientific Procedures Premises Licence before they can access the Approval and Reporting System. To find out more about the requirement, see: Scientific Procedures Premises Licence.
VSAEC meeting dates for 2016
- 15 February
- 4 April
- 6 June
- 29 August
- 28 November
Note: Applications are accepted up to two weeks before each meeting date via the Approval and Reporting System
For enquiries email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For Approval and Reporting System login enquiries:
DET Service Desk
Ph: 1800 641 943
Select: option 4 (school technical support), option 4 (assistance with software), then option 3 (assistance with other software).