Research Ethics Office

Animal Research and Ethics Committee (AREC)

The Bionics Institute Animal Research Ethics Committee (AREC) is a multi-disciplinary committee established in accordance with National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) requirements, the ‘Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes’ (8th edition, 2013) and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (1986) and legislation.

For all research involving animals, ethical review is required and you must submit a full application to the AREC for approval. The research must not commence before ethical approval has been granted.

Failure to conduct research according to an AREC-approved study protocol risks researchers’ legal indemnity, right to publication, opportunity to seek future funding, and may constitute a breach of the ‘Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research‘ (the Code) or research misconduct as defined by the Code.

Please refer to the General Information and Procedures document for detailed information and/or AREC procedures on: role and membership of the AREC; application processes; fieldwork (field licences); consideration and review of applications; notification of decisions; AREC fees; accessing standard operating procedures; breeding applications; annual reporting; protocol amendments and modifications; final reporting; adverse incidents; breach of protocol; withdrawal or suspension of approval; appealing decsions of the AREC; conflicts of interest; and AREC meeting record keeping.

Applications to the AREC

To submit an application, download and complete the appropriate forms (see table below). All submissions are to be submitted electronically to

Before your submission, please note the following requirements.

  • The Principal Investigator (PI) must be an experienced researcher who is suitably qualified and able to take responsibility for all aspects of the proposed study (research higher degree students may not be a PI on an ethics application)
  • The PI must sign all correspondence
  • Applications must be complete: incomplete applications will be returned to the PI
  • Applications must be submitted by the closing date (according to meeting schedule, see below)
  • Researchers are encouraged to attend the committee meeting to speak to their application
  • An invitation is sent to the PI advising when their application will be considered

(*Note: if prompted for ‘log in’ information when opening forms, simply click cancel. Save the document to your computer to complete the form.)

Forms* and documentation   ​AREC Requirements

BI AREC Project Application Form

1 electronic copy

Researcher’s Declaration Form(for all researchers for every project)​

1 electronic copy

Personnel Approval Form(new researcher)​​

(only needs to be submitted once)

​​With a new application, 1 electronic copy + CV

For an approved project, CV

Breeding Application Form

​1 original

Project Modification Form

​1 electronic copy

Adverse Event Report Form

​1 electronic copy

Breach of Protocol Form

​1 electronic copy

Annual Report Self Audit Checklist

BRC AREC Inspection Checklist

​1 electronic copy

1 electronic copy

Final Report

​1 electronic copy


2018 AREC Meetings 
(9am – 12 pm)

​Tuesday 27 February 2018
deadline for applications – Monday 12 February

Tuesday 29 May 2018
deadline for applications – Monday 14 May

Tuesday 28 August 2018
deadline for applications – Monday 13 August

Tuesday 20 November 2018
deadline for applications – Wednesday 7 November


Contact the Research Ethics Office​​
Phone: 9929 8525​

Available Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

General Information and Procedures

AREC Terms of Reference

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) (Principal Investigators should first contact the Research Ethics Office; refer to the general General Information and Procedures information and procedures document for full details)

Current SOP versions

SOP2, v2.8 Feb 2018
SOP3, v3.9 Aug 2016
SOP4, v4.7 Aug 2016
SOP7, v7.7 May 2017
SOP10, v10.8 Feb 2018
SOP11, v11.7 Feb 2018
SOP12, v12.7 Feb 2018
SOP13, v13.4 Aug 2016
SOP14, v14.5 Feb 2018
SOP15, v15.5 Feb 2018
SOP17, v17.3 Feb 2017
SOP18, v18.3 Feb 2018
SOP19, v2.0 May 2018
SOP20, v2.0 May 2018
SOP21, v2.0 May 2018
SOP22, v2.0 May 2018
SOP23, v2.0 May 2018
SOP24, v2.0 May 2018
SOP25, v2.0 May 2018
SOP26, v2.0 May 2018


Apply to commercially funded and initiated studies

Application fee: $400

Amendment fee: $69

Cheques are to be addressed to: The Bionics Institute,
384-388 Albert Street,
East Melbourne, Victoria, 3002

(with accompanying documentation quoting the invoice number)

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