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
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.
HREC (and SGR) application due dates
|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)|
|2 October 2020*||Research Grant Applications close (round 3)
(*Previously advertised as closing on Friday 4 September 2020)
|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|