Each year the Schools Animal Care and Ethics Committee (SACEC) issues an Animal Research Authority, on behalf of the respective school sector, to schools in NSW that are accredited with the Department of Primary Industries.
This authorises those staff who sign the authority, to use animals for the purposes of teaching and research, provided that the activities are in accordance with the provisions described in Animals in schools: Animal welfare guidelines for teachers, and are carried out in accordance with the advice provided within these Guidelines.
This authorisation is for:
- student participation for activities in categories 1-3
- teacher demonstration only, for activities in category 4
- student participation for collection, observation and release of tadpoles (frogs).
Written approval must be sought in advance from the SACEC for:
- students to carry out category 4 or 5 activities
- teachers to demonstrate a category 5 activity
- teachers or students to carry out any activities that are not on the approved list
- approval for an Office of Environment and Heritage scientific licence.
The Animal Research Authority is issued to schools at the beginning of term two each year. It must be completed by the staff who use animals for the purposes of teaching and research, and then retained by the school.
The information on page two of the Authority must be updated when changes in personnel occur at the school. The Authority must be retained at the school and made available for inspection by appropriately authorised people including NSW Department of Education and Training Regional Directors, officers from the Catholic Education Commission, inspectors from the Department of Primary Industry's Animal Welfare Unit and officers involved with, and members of, the SACEC.