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Human ethics applications

Human ethics applications

There are many steps involved in submitting an ethics application – and no recruitment of participants or data collection can commence until ethics approval has been granted.

If you need to submit an application for human ethics approval, this section will provide you with the information that you need.

The Research Ethics Office can also provide assistance to staff and students in the consideration of ethical issues.

Policy and legislation

Conducting research that involves human participants requires an understanding of guidelines that are contained in legislation and policy.

This section covers key guidelines and codes for researchers, including:

  • The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research;
  • National Statement of Ethical Conduct in Human Research;
  • Guidelines for Ethical Conduct in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research; and
  • ECU Policy for the Conduct of Ethical Human Research.

Applying for ethics approval

This section will help you understand the application process. Researchers can start an application at any time via STREAM.

Common questions about applying for approval include:

  • How do I prepare for my application?
  • What do I need to submit with my application?
  • Will my application be checked before it is sent to the Ethics Committee for review?
  • How are multicentre projects reviewed?
  • What is development phase approval?

Managing your ethics approval

Conducting research ethically means making ethical considerations throughout the project, not just during the ethics approval process.

It may be necessary to seek further approval from the Ethics Committee in some circumstances.

This section includes information on:

  • conditions of approval;
  • requesting an extension of ethics approval;
  • informing the Ethics Committee about changes to the project and requesting approval for them;  and
  • managing adverse or unforeseen events.


This part of the site covers specific information and advice for researchers working with human participants.

It includes research conducted in:

  • schools;
  • the Department of the Attorney General;
  • the Department of Corrective Services;
  • WA Police; and
  • other government agencies.
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