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). 

As part of the move towards electronic submission of research applications, you will need to submit an electronic copy of all documentation (to, plus one original signed application, plus the appropriate copies (see below for number of copies required). Original and copies should be delivered to: 

       Research Ethics Office
       c/o Level 3, 2 St Andrews Place
       East Melbourne  VIC 3002
       P: 03 9929 8525

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
  • All documentation is to be collated, so that each item of supporting documentation is attached to each copy of the application form
  • Each copy should be double-sided and stapled/clipped together
  • Applications must be submitted by the closing date (according to meeting schedule, see top right of this page)
  • 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
​Forms* and documentation   ​AREC Requirements

Project application form

1 original hard copy + 1 electronic copy

Researcher's declaration form (for all researchers for every project)​

​​1 original (+ 1 electronic copy with a new application)

Personnel approval form (new researcher)​​

(only needs to be submitted once)

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

For an approved project, 1 original + CV

Breeding application form

​1 original

Project modification form

​1 original

Adverse Incident Report 

​1 original

Breach of protocol form

​1 original

Annual report

​1 original

Final report​

​1 original


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


2018 AREC Meetings
(9am - 12 pm)

Tuesday 27th February
deadline for applications is
Monday 12th February 2018

Tuesday 29th May
deadline for applications is Monday 14th May 2018

Tuesday 28th August
deadline for applications is
Monday 13th August 2018

Tuesday 20th November 
deadline for applications is
Wednesday 7th November 2018


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 information and procedures document for full details)

Current SOP versions

SOP2, v2.7 May 2017
SOP3, v3.9 Aug 2016
SOP4, v4.7 Aug 2016
SOP7, v7.7 May 2017
SOP10, v10.7 Aug 2016
SOP11, v11.6 Aug 2016
SOP12, v12.6 Aug 2016
SOP13, v13.4 Aug 2016
SOP14, v14.4 Feb 2016
SOP15, v15.4 Aug 2016
SOP17, v17.3 Feb 2017
SOP18, v18.2 May 2017
SOP19, v19.2 Aug 2017
SOP20, v20.2 Aug 2017



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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