Animal care and ethics
The Australian Museum is dedicated to delivering best practice animal care to all of its exhibited animals.
The Australian Museum is an accredited animal research establishment with obligations under the Animal Research Act (1985) and Regulation (1995). The object of the Act is to protect the welfare of animals used in connection with research and teaching. The Act achieves this object by establishing a process whereby the projects of all staff engaged in research or education using live animals are regulated by an Animal Care and Ethics Committee. The Animal Care and Ethics Committee is comprised of Australian Museum staff as well as external members and oversee the care, use and treatment of all live animals that are exhibited at the Museum.
In addition to the committee, the Australian Museum is licensed by the NSW Department of Primary Industries’ Exhibited Animals protection Authority (EAPA), which also regulates the state’s Zoos, Aquariums and Wildlife Parks, ensuring that animal exhibitors fulfill the obligations under the Exhibited Animals Protection Act (1986) and Regulation (2005). The EAPA sets down guidelines and standards for how animal exhibitors, such as the Australian Museum, look after and display live animals. These standards cover all aspects of animal care from the minimum sizes for enclosures and behavioral enrichment needs to transport requirements and health standards.
The Australian Museum’s Live Exhibits team meets and exceeds these standards by operating much like a scale-down zoo. Fresh and frozen food is prepared daily and enclosures are maintained properly using a maintenance schedule. The Live Exhibits team also cooperates and associates with other animal care facilities to ensure that the quality of care is world standard.
Chris Hosking , Interpretive Officer