Human research ethics

Determine if your research project requires Human Research Ethics (HRE) approval

The following general guidelines apply for all research projects involving human contact / human data, whether your project originates from the Faculty of Education & Arts, Health, Science and Technology or Business.

Research projects and parts of research projects, that involve gathering information from or about humans and/or organisations, and are conducted for the purpose of:

  • Research Honours degree,
  • Masters by Research candidature,
  • Coursework Masters with a research component,
  • PhD research or a Staff research project

are likely to require ethics approval if the proposal involves any or all of (but not limited to) the following:.

  • Interviews
  • Surveys and questionnaires
  • Audio or video recording
  • Using archived data in which individuals are identifiable
  • Photography of people
  • Performances involving others
  • Study or research on illegal activities
  • Access to an individual’s personal documents or information
  • You wish to publish your research findings in a peer-reviewed Journal or peer reviewed Conference Proceedings

Please feel welcome to contact the Ethics office anytime to discuss your research, to ensure your full understanding of ethical conduct in research involving humans.


  • Always download required forms from the ethics website. Superseded application and amendment forms will not be accepted by Ethics Committees from 2017 as they do not conform to current legislative requirements.