ACU’s Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) is responsible for ensuring that research conducted by ACU staff or students and involving humans as subjects or participants complies with the National Health & Medical Research Council’s National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007), the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2018) and associated legislation and guidelines. In collaboration with the University’s research community, the HREC seeks to promote a culture of ethical, responsible research.
The primary role of the Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC), known as Ethics committee, is to ensure that all research which involves humans is conducted in an ethical manner, and that the rights and interests of research participants are protected.
HREC review also increases the scrutiny of research and may offer valuable insights to researchers arising from the review process.
HREC also ensure that the principles of research merit and integrity, respect, beneficence and justice are upheld.
Australian Universities and some other research organisations are required to establish accredited HRECs to review the research undertaken by their staff and students.
Ethics review is in addition to normal peer review procedures and is guided by the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research.
HREC Members are appointed for a renewable 3 year term. Vacancies arise from time to time.
Membership is open to internal and external applicants and aims at covering a range of expertise. Internal members are appointed from different discipline areas and faculties. External members are appointed in the following categories:
Minister of Religion
If you are interested in becoming a member of the HREC email your Expression of Interest to Res.Ethics@acu.edu.au