Under Section 26 of the Act, every school using animals must hold a current, completed Animal Research Authority to use animals for research or teaching purposes.
The NSW Department of Education and Communities (DEC), the Catholic Education Commission (CEC) and the Association of Independent Schools of NSW apply for accreditation on behalf of schools which are part of their sectors.
Sectors are responsible for:
issuing to each school an annual Animal Research Authority (Schools)
ensuring that grievance procedures are in place to resolve concerns by members of the SACEC or teachers who are concerned about SACEC decisions
providing adequate resources to enable the SACEC to do its job and to enable schools to provide appropriate standards of care for animals in their charge.