All researchers planning to carry out any investigation in the Australian Antarctic program in Antarctica, the sub-Antarctic (except Macquarie Island) and the Southern Ocean that involves live vertebrate animals (including fish), or cephalopods such as octopus or squid, must obtain ethics approval from from an Australian Animal Ethics Committee that conforms with the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes 8th edition 2013 (updated 2021) (the Code).

Projects conducting animal research on Macquarie Island require approval from an animal ethics committee that is licenced by the Tasmanian State Government.

The AAD partners with the University of Tasmania Animal Ethics Committee and applications can be submitted via the Animal Ethics page on the University of Tasmania website. For further information contact