The Office for Research is responsible for the administration of the University's human and animal ethics systems.

Students are expected to pursue their research in accordance with the University's policies relating to experimentation on human and animal subjects, which are based on standards prescribed by the National Health and Medical Research Council.

In order to decide whether an ethical clearance is required, students should consult with their supervisor or consult with the Office for Research. Research Ethics Advisers are available to provide advice.  Animal Ethics Advisers are also available to provide advice.

The University expects that an application for ethical clearance will be made at the earliest opportunity. Supervisors are responsible for advising students on whether ethical clearance is likely to be required, and for guiding the student through the process for obtaining clearance. An expedited review process is available for research involving humans.

That part of the research involving animal or human subjects cannot commence until ethical clearance, or a waiver, is obtained from the relevant University ethics committee. The need for ethical clearance is reviewed at several stages during the candidature including at application, during the candidature confirmation procedure, and during the annual review of progress. If ethical clearance is pending at the time of the candidature confirmation procedure, confirmation will be conditional upon the clearance being obtained.

Policy and guidelines