Animal welfare

Animal research and teaching

If you want to use animals in any kind of research or teaching in the Northern Territory (NT), you will need to get a licence from the Animal Welfare Authority.

A licence is likely to impose conditions in some or all of the following areas:

  • use of animals in the teaching or research
  • welfare of the animals used in or bred for the teaching or research
  • facilities and equipment for breeding animals in the course of the teaching or research
  • adoption of a specific code of practice.

What is classed as research

Research is defined as an experiment, procedure, test or study in which an animal is used. It includes subjecting an animal to surgical, medical, physiological, biological, chemical or physical treatment. 

When you don't need a licence

You don't need a licence if you are in charge of animals in a child-care centre, pre-school or educational institution unless the animals are used or intended to be used for scientific teaching purposes.

Before you apply for a licence

Any research involving animals in the NT must be overseen by an ethics committee.

Before you can get a research or teaching licence you must establish and maintain an ethics committee for the work or project, or make an arrangement with an existing ethics committee, to approve and oversee the work.

Applying for a licence

Organisations carrying out research or teaching using animals need a licence from the Animal Welfare Authority.

Follow the steps in Apply for a teaching or research licence

Individuals working on such programs need to get a permit from the project's ethics committee.

Read more about getting a permit.

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Last updated: 01 June 2022

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