Human research ethics
As part of the University’s obligation to the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research and the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research, it is UTS policy that any research conducted by UTS staff or students that involves humans, must receive ethical approval from UTS Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) before proceeding.
UTS HREC is accredited by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) # EC00146.
UTS HREC is also registered with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) #IORG0002284 and has Federalwide Assurance (FWA) for the Protection of Human Subjects # FWA0000 4785.
Policies and guidelines
National legislation and guidelines
- Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2018)—abbreviation: Australian Code (AC)
- National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007 (updated 2018)—abbreviation: National Statement (NS)
- Values and Ethics: Guidelines for Ethics in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research—abbreviation: Values and Ethics
- Keeping Research on Track: A guide for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples about health research ethics—abbreviation: Keeping Research on Track
- Guidelines for Ethical Research in Australian Indigenous Studies
- Australian Privacy Principles (APP)
Research involving children
- DET process for research in government schools in NSW (SERAP)
- Working with children check
- Ethical research involving children
- Understanding consent in research involving children: the ethical issues—A handbook for Human Research Ethics Committees and researchers
UTS guidelines and policies
- Deputy Chairperson (external to the University)
- Two laywomen (not associated with the University)
- Two laymen (not associated with the University)
- A lawyer (not associated with the University)
- A recognised religious leader (external to the University)
- A health professional with knowledge of and current experience in the professional care, or treatment of people (external to the University)
- An Indigenous representative (either internal or external to the University)
- An early or mid-career researcher
Representatives from the following faculties:
- Faculty of Business
- Faculty Arts and Social Science
- Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building
- Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology
- Faculty of Health
- Faculty of Law
- Faculty of Science (with experience in statistics)
- Ex Officio member — Deputy-Vice-Chancellor (Research) represented by the Dean of the Graduate Research School)
Terms of reference
- HREC terms of reference (PDF 56KB)
To request a copy of an annual report, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Staff and students
UTS staff and research students can view the Human Research Ethics Committee application submission dates on Staff Connect (login required).