If your project involves no interference with animals and no abnormal disruption of habitat. Your project is exempt from USQ AEC review if you also answer “YES” to one or more of the following questions:
- only involves the use of animals that are not legally defined as an animal in the state or territory in which the work will be undertaken, e.g. insects
- observing animals, e.g. bird watching, recording animal tracks. Note: this does not cover spotlighting
- taking photographs or recordings (sound or digital). Note: this does not cover cameras with a flash or cameras left in the field.
- collection of animal scats - with no animal interaction or environmental (habitat) disruption.
- collection of shed feathers - with no animal interaction or environmental (habitat) disruption.
- recording animal tracks using shallow sand pans
- use of organs or other material from animals euthanised as part of routine commercial food and fibre production, e.g. from the butcher
- use of cadavers or samples from animals euthanised at veterinary clinics or shelters from other veterinary or management reasons
- use of samples from animals euthanised as part of a routine, unmodified pest animal control program
- use of cadavers or samples from animals found dead, e.g. roadkill
- use of tissue samples stored in laboratories from animals whose care and euthanasia has already been approved and monitored as part of an earlier AEC approved activity.
If your project does not meet the above exemption requirements, you will be required to submit an Animal Ethics application for review.
If you need a formal exemption letter; requests can be submitted via the Exemption application form to the Ethics Office. If you need further information or confirmation your project is exempt, please contact the Ethics Office.
Although your activity may not require USQ AEC approval, it may require review and approval through other processes. For example, USQ Safety Risk Management Plan, USQ Biosafety, permit requirements, etc.