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Human Research Ethics and Governance

The Office for Research will be closed from the 23rd December 2019 to 6th January 2020 for the Christmas break.

About us

The Office for Research (OFR) provides administrative support to Austin Health's Ethics Committees, who are responsible for approving research projects. In addition, staff provide advice and support to researchers with their ethics applications.

All research conducted at Austin Health must receive both ethical approval by a certified Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC), and governance authorisation by the Austin Health OFR before it can commence.

The Office for Research represents Austin Health as active members in a number of collaborative networks, including:

  1. The Melbourne Academic Centre for Health (MACH) Research Excellence (REx) Steering Committee
  2. Biomedical Research Victoria



Ethics Risk Level Definitions

To assist with determining the risk associated with your research project, please refer the definitions document found here.

Submission Pathway Checklist

To assist with deciphering which risk category your research project comes under, please utilise the REx Submission Pathway Checklist found here.

HREC and CRRC Meeting Dates for 2020

Submission Cut Off Dates and Meeting Dates for HREC and CRRC 2020

2020 HREC and CRRC Submission and Meeting Dates

Ethics Review Manager (ERM)

The new Ethics Review Manager (ERM) has been implemented within Victoria.

Researchers are now required to submit all New Research Applications and Post Approval Applications via the ERM website - excluding Audit and Quality Improvement Applications and Clinical Database and Database Application Submissions.

Please refer to relevant sections on the website for details on additional requirements and documentation to support your applications (including relevant Departmental sign-off's if required).

Please refer to the ERM User Guides developed by the Austin Health Office for Research to assist in the transition to the new ERM system.

For assistance with ERM, please direct any enquiries to

We thank you for your patience during this transition phase.

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