All CDU researchers (employees, honorary appointees or visitors) and research students must obtain approval through the CDU HREC for research involving human subjects or their data, once the methodology of the research project, the oversight of its conduct, and the requirements of any third parties are fully understood. The ethics proposal must explain how the research will be conducted ethically and with minimal risks to participants.
The University is committed to minimising risk to participants, researchers, third parties and the institution itself whilst ensuring review processes are efficient, constructive and proportional to the sensitivities and risks associated with individual projects. Human research ethics review processes are undertaken through either the Executive Review pathway or the Committee Review pathway depending on the nature of the project and its intended participants. More information regarding these two pathways can be found below under the submission of new proposals tab.
Some research projects that utilise existing, non-identifiable data and which are of negligible risk may be eligible for exemption as per Chapter 5.1 of the National Statement. A letter of Exemption can also be sought from the CDU-HREC where required.
CDU is committed to recognising approvals by other properly registered ethics committees by means of reciprocal approvals. Projects which already have ethical clearance approval from another HREC but which involve CDU staff or students as investigators must seek Reciprocal Approval from the CDU-HREC. Further information regarding this Executive Review process is available under the FAQ section.
Research that relates to Indigenous peoples of Australia should be informed by Indigenous research ethics principles outlined in AIATSIS guidelines (GERAIS 2012) and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Ethical conduct in research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and communities: Guidelines for researchers and stakeholders (2018) . All Indigenous research requires full HREC review.