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 (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 Approval. The HREC consists of a Chair appointed by the University Council and eight appointed members, the majority of whom are external to the University.
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.
Please familiarise yourself with these documents.
Consult the HREC Overview and other documents at the bottom of this page for more information about applying for HREC Ethics Approval.
- 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. Initially you submit this as a draft with your Minor Thesis Approval Form to the Dean of the School of Graduate Research. When you have received the approval of your thesis topic, please revise your HREC Application Form if needed, and add the date of topic approval and then email it to HREC for consideration for Ethics Approval.
Complaints: In the event of a complaint regarding Human Research Ethics, a research project involving human participants being conducted through the University of Divinity, or a matter related to the HREC process, 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|