Faculty Human Ethics Advisory Group


The Faculty Human Ethics Advisory Group (FHEAG) reviews and approves ethics applications and monitors on-going research projects involving human participants.

All staff and students conducting research that involves human participation must submit an application for human research ethics approval to the FHEAG. FHEAG is responsible for approving 'low risk' research projects undertaken by both students and staff. It also considers high risk projects to ensure a recommendation is forwarded to the Humanities and Applied Sciences Sub-Committee of the University's Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC).

The FHEAG composition, terms of reference, functions and responsibilities and method of operation conform to the requirements of the University of Melbourne Human Research Ethics Committee.

All research involving humans carried out at the University of Melbourne must be conducted in accordance with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Research Involving Humans (1999) and other guidelines published from time to time by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

Submission Requirements

Applications should be submitted electronically via the Ethics module on your Themis workbench. All documents should be uploaded individually in pdf format.

One PDF attachment combining all documents should be sent to fbe-research@unimelb.edu.au by the relevant deadline. This should include a scan of the fully signed signature page of your application form.

Common Questions

Do I need Human Ethics Approval?

How do I complete my application?

When should I submit my application? See below

Annual Reporting

Researchers will be contacted by The Office of Research Ethics and Integrity (OREI) via email if they have a project that requires completion of an Annual Report.

Please refer to the Office for Research Ethics and Integrity website for step by step instructions on how to complete an Annual Report on your approved project.

Ethics Submission and Committee Dates 2017

The FHEAC reviews ethical applications each month. Applications for ethical clearance must be submitted via Themis by the Faculty Submission Date (first column) to ensure they can receive proper review by committee members prior to a meeting.

Submission Date to the
FHEAG Secretary,
FBE Research Development
Faculty Human Ethics Advisory Committee (FHEAC) Meeting Date Melbourne Research - Ethics Office Deadline University HESC Meeting Date
13 February 201723 February 20171 March 201716 March 2017
13 March 201723 March 201712 April 201727 April 2017
17 April 201727 April 20173 May 201718 May 2017
15 May 201725 May 201731 May 201715 June 2017
10 July 201720 July 201726 Jul 201710 August 2017
14 Aug 201724 August 201730 August 201714 September 2017
11 September 201721 September 201727 September 201712 October 2017
9 October 201719 October 201725 October 20179 November 2017
13 November 2017 23 November 201729 November 201714 December 2017

Please note:

  • Applications must be submitted via Themis by the applicable deadline.
  • Each PDF document must be attached separately in Themis, with one additional attachment (pdf) that includes all documents. You must also attach a scanned copy of the final page of the application signed by the responsible researcher.
  • Standard Project applications and Program applications are discussed at the Faculty meetings, however final approval is granted by the HREC at the meetings specified above.
  • Data collection cannot commence until ethics approval is granted.

Please direct all enquiries to:

Kristie Matthews, Committee Secretary
Research Support Unit Level 12, 198 Berkeley Street
Faculty of Business and Economics
The University of Melbourne AUSTRALIA 3010
E: fbe-research@unimelb.edu.au