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Ethics and Research Governance

Christmas Closure and Submission Cut Off

The Office for Research including Ethics will be closed for business between Friday 21 December 2018 to Monday 7 January 2019.

From Monday 3 December 2018 to Monday 7 January 2019 we will not be accepting any new applications or amendments for Human Research Ethics, Governance, Low and Negligible Risk Research (LNRR), Audit Applications, Animal Ethics or IBC applications.

As email capacity is restricted - please ensure you do no submit applications/amendments during this period.

We appreciate your understanding.

Happy Holidays!


Ethics Research Management (ERM) System

The new Ethics Research Management System 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 this situation guide to assist in the transition to the new ERM system.

For assistance with ERM please direct any enquiries to

We thank you for you patience during this transition phase.


About us

The Office for Research 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 Defintions

To assist with dertemining the risk associated with your research project, please refer the defintions 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.