Our Human Research Ethics Committee was established in accordance with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research

Key functions of the committee include:

  • developing guidelines that satisfy ethical standards articulated in the current edition of the National Statement
  • advising on appropriate policy settings and ethical review processes
  • examining proposed research activities
  • establishing panels for the conduct of ethical reviews
  • facilitating and supporting a culture of excellent research
  • providing advice on potential breaches of research ethics arrangements or regulations, codes and guidelines.

HREC Constitution

Ethical review considerations

The Human Research Ethics Committee considers expedited reviews (E1 and E2) and full reviews (FR).

E1 and E2 applications

Applications for E1 and E2 expedited reviews can be made at any time.

Initial review outcomes for applications referred to the E1 review pathway will normally be provided within 15 working days from the date the CI approved the application.

Initial review outcomes for applications referred to the E2 review pathway will normally be provided within 20 working days from the date the CI approved the application.

These timelines may be extended depending on workload demands.

FR applications

For full reviews (FR), applications are due for submission 12 working days before scheduled committee meeting dates. Please allow up to 10 working days following the meeting for the initial review outcome.

2020 Human Research Ethics Committee meeting and submission dates

* Meetings only proceed if required.

FR submission date Meeting dateCampus 
17 January 4 February Nathan / Gold Coast  
14  February 3 March Nathan / Gold Coast  
13 March 7 April Nathan / Gold Coast  
14 April 5 May Nathan / Gold Coast  
15 May 2 June Nathan / Gold Coast  
17 July 4 August Nathan / Gold Coast  
14 August 1 September Nathan / Gold Coast  
11 September 6 October Nathan / Gold Coast  
16 October 3 November  * Nathan / Gold Coast  
13 November 1 December Nathan / Gold Coast

Contact us

For more information regarding human ethics at Griffith, call (07) 3735 2069 or email us