Report a grievance

Any grievances during research investigators should contact the Chair of the Animal Ethics Committee or the Animal Secretariat Office. All concerns are kept in confidence and dealt with appropriately.

Grievance policy

New South Wales Animal Act 1985

The New South Wales Animal Act 1985 states:

"The Animal Ethics Committee must establish mechanisms to respond to enquiries or complaints concerning the use of animals within the establishment and ensure that employees may voice concerns without jeopardising their employment” and “the process by which decisions are made by the Animal Ethics Committee must be fair to investigators and acceptable to all Animal Ethics Committee members”.

Members of Staff with concerns regarding the treatment of animals

  1. Any person who makes a complaint in good faith will not be disadvantaged;
  2. Confidentiality will be maintained;
  3. Concerns or complaints may be oral or in writing;
  4. All complaints will be taken seriously and will be dealt with promptly;
  5. In the first instance and whenever possible, the Animal Welfare Manager together with the Chair of the AEC will attempt to resolve complaints/concerns with procedural fairness;
  6. The Animal Welfare Manager will keep in touch with the complainant during the process.

Members of Staff with concerns regarding decisions made by the Animal Ethics Committee

  1. A request should be in writing to the Chair of the AEC by the Chief Investigator within one month of receiving the decision of the Committee;
  2. The request will be considered by the AEC at the next available meeting;
  3. The AEC may decide to:
    (a) Uphold its decision, this decision will be final.
    (b) Vary its decision.
  4. The Animal Welfare Manager will advise the Chief Investigator of the decision in writing within two days of the meeting;
  5. If the Chief Investigator is dissatisfied with the decision or the procedures followed by the AEC in reconsidering its decision, he/she may request that the matter be referred to the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research).