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Research conducted in government agencies requires specific approval processes. This page provides information should this be a requirement of your project.

Research in schools

Research conducted in Department of Education or Catholic Education schools requires a separate level of approval. This is in addition to ethics approval for your project. In most cases, you can apply for ethics approval and approval to conduct your research in schools at the same time.

Please see the Department of Education or Catholic Education Office web pages for more information.

Department of Education

Catholic Education Office

Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia

Researchers should contact individual principals directly regarding research projects.

Research in other agencies

Research conducted in some other Government Departments also requires a separate level of approval.  This is in addition to ethics approval for your project. In most cases, you can apply for ethics approval and this separate level of approval to conduct your research at the same time.

Please see the relevant Government Department web pages for more information.

Department of the Attorney General

Before conducting research that involves access to Department of the Attorney General data, facilities, staff, and/or clients, you must receive approval from the Research Application and Advisory Committee (RAAC).

Please review the information for students and researchers available from the Department of the Attorney General website.

Department of Corrective Services

Researchers who wish to conduct research that involves access to the Department of Corrective Services data, facilities, staff and clients (including victims) will need to apply for approval from the Department's Research and Evaluation Committee (REC).

Please review the information for students and researchers available from the Department of Corrective Services website.

WA Police

WA Police encourages individual researchers and academic institutions to conduct research into the wide range of issues relevant to policing today.

All applications for research must be approved through the Western Australia Police Research Application Review Committee (RARC). This process covers all types of research proposals including requests for data held on police systems and access to interview or survey police officers or police staff.

Please review the information for students and researchers available from the WA Police website.

Indigenous Research

The Aboriginal Research and Study Protocols have been developed as a guide for ECU staff and students undertaking research, projects or fieldwork that involve Indigenous Australian issues, people or knowledge or that impact upon Indigenous people or communities.

Researchers should also be aware of the Guidelines for Ethical Research in Australian Indigenous Studies (GERAIS), which were developed to ensure that research with and about Indigenous peoples is founded on a process of meaningful engagement and reciprocity between the researcher and Indigenous people.

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