Step 1: Assess the project's ethical risk
For any human research project you consider may be low risk, you will need to formally assess the ethical risk this project presents to its participants by completing the HREC Risk Assessment Check-list (docx, 150kb).
The check-list is a series of questions with Yes/No responses. When you complete the HREC Risk Assessment Check-list and assess your project as presenting minimal ethical risk or less to participants, you are eligible to submit an Expedited application (docx 132kb) for review.
If you complete the HREC Risk Assessment Check-list and assess your project as presenting more than minimal risk to participants, you will need to submit a Standard Application (docx 139kb).
The HREC Risk Assessment Check-list is only required with submission of an 'Expedited' or 'low risk' application.
Student researchers must review the completed check-list with their supervisor before submitting any application.
Researchers should note that timing constraints are not an acceptable reason for seeking expedited review where projects are of more than low risk.