Animal Ethics Committee Member

Date Posted: 18 Jun 2024
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Location: Brisbane, QLD, AU | Melbourne, VIC, AU | Geelong, VIC, AU | Canberra, ACT, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The opportunity

  • ​​​​Support best practice in animal research
  • Hybrid meeting participation (paid) & training & expenses provided
  • 2-6 hour meetings that occurs six to eight times a year



The primary responsibility of the Animal Ethics Committee (AEC) is to ensure, on behalf of the institution, that all activities involving animals for scientific purposes are conducted in compliance with the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes (the Code) and relevant government legislation.

CSIRO is seeking expressions of interest for dedicated individuals to join the AEC as per the following Categories stipulated in the Australian Code

Category C (Animal Welfare) a person with demonstrable commitment to, and established experience in, furthering the welfare of animals, who is not employed by or otherwise associated with the institution, and who is not currently involved in the care and use of animals for scientific purposes. Veterinarians with specific animal welfare interest and experience may meet the requirements of this category. While not representing an animal welfare organisation, the person should, where possible, be selected on the basis of active membership of, and endorsement by, such an organisation.

Category D (Layperson) a person not employed by or otherwise associated with the institution and who has never been involved in the use of animals in scientific or teaching activities, either in their employment or beyond their undergraduate education. Category D members should be viewed by the wider community as bringing a completely independent view to the AEC, and must not fit the requirements of any other category (see the Code).


Your duties will include:

Both categories require members who can critically review documents, actively participate in discussions, and contribute to the ethical oversight of animal use in research and teaching. Members will be expected to attend regular meetings and provide thoughtful input on applications and protocols, ensuring compliance with ethical standards and regulations. The AEC holds meetings 6 to 8 times per year, which can range from 2 to 6 hours in duration.

As a committee member, you will receive comprehensive training, work in a supportive and friendly environment, and be eligible for the payment of a sitting fee in accordance with CSIRO policy.


To be considered you will need:

  • Meet the criteria above as a Category C or D member.

  • You must also be willing to commit to a two-year term of appointment, attend meetings, and undertake pre-reading.

  • Not be a current employee (or associated with) CSIRO.

  • Not currently involved in the care or use of animals for scientific or teaching activities.

  • Be based in or near the following cities: Melbourne, Geelong, Brisbane, Canberra.

  • Experience on an Animal Ethics Committee is highly desirable.



Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents or you must either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa for the duration of the specified term. Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.


Flexible working arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 


Diversity and inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 



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How to apply

If you would like to express your interest in this position, please contact Corinne Alberthsen via email at or phone on (07) 3833 5553.


Applications close

21 July 2024, 11:00pm AEST

11:00 PM

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