Respect, research merit and integrity, justice, and beneficence are core values in the ethics of human research. The ethical relationship between researchers and research participants, and the wider community, 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.
This statement governs the work of a nationwide network of Human Research Ethics Committees. The University’s Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) is the Christian Research Association (CRA) which 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 Approval. The Rev Emeritus Professor Philip Hughes is the executive officer of the CRA Ethics Committee and the Committee can be reached at secretary_HREC@cra.org.au.
Human Research Ethics Policy
Who needs to apply for HREC clearance?
All academic staff, honorary researchers, HDR students, and Minor Thesis students undertaking research projects involving human participants must apply for HREC Ethics Approval in accordance with the National Statement and the University’s HREC Policy.
HREC Applications must be submitted through Divinity Forms.
All HREC information for Staff and Students is now at the Research Ethics ARK site.
HREC (and SGR) application due dates
All applications must be submitted before the close of business (5pm AEST) of the advertised due date, unless otherwise indicated.
Admission applications are open throughout the year for February, May, August and October intakes.
|17 February 2023||Research Grant Applications close (round 1)|
|3 March 2023||Applications close for HREC (round 1)|
|12 May 2023||Research Grant Applications close (round 2)|
|7 June 2023||Research Conference|
|23 June 2023||Applications for HREC close (round 2)|
|1 September 2023||Research Grant Applications close (round 3)|
|20 October 2023||Applications for HREC close (round 3)|
|15 November 2023||HDR student annual reports|
|15 November 2023||Research Fee Scholarship (RFS) / Research Stipend Scholarship (RSS) applications close|