Respect, research merit and integrity, justice, and beneficence are core values in the ethics of human research. Other important values include altruism, contributing to societal or community goals, and respect for cultural diversity. The relationship between researchers and research participants is the ground on which human research is conducted.
The values and principles of Human Research Ethics are fully articulated in the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (link below).
This statement governs the work of a nationwide network of Human Research Ethics Committees. The University of Divinity’s Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) is appointed by the University Council under Regulation 1 and has oversight of human research ethics throughout the University in accordance with the National Statement. This includes consideration and approval of applications for Human Research Ethics clearance.
Who needs to apply for HREC clearance?
All academic staff, honorary researchers and HDR students (including Minor Thesis students) undertaking research projects involving human subjects must apply for HREC clearance in accordance with the National Statement and the University’s HREC Policy.
Please familiarise yourself with these documents.
Consult the HREC Guidelines and other documents at bottom of this page for more information about applying for HREC clearance.
- National Statement on Ethical Conduct of Human Research
- Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research
- Ethical conduct in research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and communities
Applications and assistance
To submit applications please consult the information and forms below, as well as relevant closing dates.
For queries or guidance, please contact the HREC Coordinator.
Minor Thesis Students: please use the HREC Application Expedited Review Form.
Complaints: In the event of a complaint regarding an HREC process or project being conducted with University of Divinity HREC Clearance, please consult the HREC Policy, the University’s Appeals and Complaints page, or contact the HREC Coordinator.
Key HREC (and SGR) due dates
All applications must be submitted before the close of business (5pm AEDT) of the advertised due date, unless otherwise indicated.
|31 January 2020||Applications close for HREC (round 1)|
|7 February 2020||Research Grant Applications close (round 1)|
|3 April 2020||Applications for HREC close (round 2)|
|15 April 2020||Applications for (domestic) HDR admissions close for second semester 2020|
|15 April 2020||Applications for (overseas) HDR admissions close for first semester 2021|
|15 April 2020||Research Fee Scholarship (RFS)/Research Stipend Scholarship (RSS) applications close|
|15 May 2020||Research Grant Applications close (round 2)|
|15 May 2020||Applications for HREC close (round 3)|
|25 May - 5 June 2020||HDR confirmation period|
|10 July 2020||Applications for HREC close (round 4)|
|28 August 2020||Applications for HREC close (round 5)|
|11 September 2020||Research Grant Applications close (round 3)|
|23 October 2020||Applications for HREC close (round 6)|
|26 October - 6 November 2020||HDR confirmation period|
|13 November 2020||HDR student annual reports|
|15 November 2020||Research Fee Scholarship (RFS)/Research Stipend Scholarship (RSS) applications close|
|15 November 2020||Applications for (domestic) HDR admissions close for first semester 2021|
|15 November 2020||Applications for (overseas) HDR admissions close for second semester 2021|