Human research ethics

Determine if your research project requires human research ethics approval

The following general guidelines apply for all staff and student research projects involving involving human data irrespective of risk level, projects using human data must have ethics approval before the commencement of research.

As per the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research, human data and information may include, but is not limited to:

  • what people say in interviews, focus groups, questionnaires/surveys, personal histories and biographies
  • images, audio recordings and other audio-visual materials
  • records generated for administrative purposes (e.g. billing, service provision) or as required by legislation (e.g. disease notification)
  • digital information generated directly by the population through their use of mobile devices and the internet
  • physical specimens or artefacts
  • information generated by analysis of existing personal information (from clinical, organisational, social, observational or other sources)
  • observations
  • results from experimental testing and investigations; and
  • information derived from human biospecimens such as blood, bone, muscle and urine.

Always download templates from the ethics website. Superseded forms will not be accepted as they may not conform to current legislative requirements.

Note: Projects requiring human ethics approval cannot commence until approval is received.

The National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007), updated 2018 ('the National Statement')

Researchers are expected to be familiar with the National Statement. In particular, you are strongly encouraged to closely read Chapter 3.1, which outlines which seven elements of research common to most, if not all, forms of research, as well as other sections as applicable to your research.

Contact us

Contact the Ethics Office to discuss your research and requirement for ethics approval.


Ph: +613 5327 9353
Location: Room 219, Ground Floor, Building F, Mt Helen Campus