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
The National Statement covers the following issues. It is your first reference for questions on Human Research Ethics.
- Research merit and integrity
- Application of these values and principles
- Section 2: Themes in research ethics: Risk and benefit, consent
- Chapter 2.2: General requirements for consent
- Chapter 2.3: Qualifying or waiving conditions for consent
- Section 3: Ethical considerations in the design, development, review and conduct of research
- Chapter 3.1: The elements of research
- Chapter 3.2: Human biospecimens in laboratory based research
- Chapter 3.3: Genomic research
- Chapter 3.4: Animal-to-human Xenotransplantation
- Section 4: Ethical considerations specific to participants
- Chapter 4.1: Women who are pregnant and the human fetus
- Chapter 4.2: Children and young people
- Chapter 4.3: People in dependent or unequal relationships
- Chapter 4.4: People highly dependent on medical care who may be unable to give consent
- Chapter 4.5: People with a cognitive impairment, an intellectual disability, or a mental illness
- Chapter 4.6: People who may be involved in illegal activities
- Chapter 4.7: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
- Chapter 4.8: People in other countries
- Section 5: Process of research governance and ethical review
- Chapter 5.1: Institutional responsibilities
- Chapter 5.2: Responsibilities of HRECS, other ethical review bodies, and researchers
- Chapter 5.3: Minimising duplication of ethical review
- Chapter 5.4: Conflicts of interest
- Chapter 5.5: Monitoring approved research
- Chapter 5.6: Handling complaints
- Chapter 5.7: Accountability
Applications and assistance
The HREC Application Form is now online.
Please consult the information and forms below, as well as relevant closing dates.
For queries or guidance, please contact the HREC Coordinator.
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.
HREC (and SGR) application due dates
|12 February 2021||Research Grant Applications close (round 1)|
|14 February 2021||Applications close for HREC (round 1)|
|15 April 2021||Applications for (domestic) HDR admissions close for second semester 2021|
|15 April 2021||Applications for (overseas) HDR admissions close for first semester 2022|
|14 May 2021||Research Grant Applications close (round 2)|
|24 May - 4 June 2021||HDR confirmation period|
|2-3 June 2021||Research Conference|
|27 June 2021||Applications for HREC close (round 2)|
|3 September 2021||Research Grant Applications close (round 3)|
|24 October 2021||Applications for HREC close (round 3)|
|25 October - 5 November 2021||HDR confirmation period|
|15 November 2021||HDR student annual reports|
|15 November 2021||Research Fee Scholarship (RFS) / Research Stipend Scholarship (RSS) applications close|
|15 November 2021||Applications for (domestic) HDR admissions close for first semester 2022|
|15 November 2021||Applications for (overseas) HDR admissions close for second semester 2022|