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Animals in Schools

The purpose of this web site is to assist schools to satisfy the requirements of the Animal Research Act 1985 (NSW) and the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes. This advice applies to all schools of the NSW Department of Education, Catholic Schools NSW and Association of Independent Schools of NSW.

Management of school European honey bee hives

All schools must adhere to the emergency orders in NSW to protect the bee industry from the varroa mite parasite and follow the current advice.

The information on this website interprets the legislation that governs the use of animals used for teaching and research, i.e. the Animal Research Act 1985 (NSW) and the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes. This information applies to vertebrate animals and includes mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish, but does not include human beings.