Faculty Human Ethics Advisory Group

Overview

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. Each PDF document must be attached separately in Themis, with one additional attachment that includes all documents. To do this, you will need to print a copy of the application summary report and combine it with the Application Form, PLS, Consent Form, Interview and Survey Questions, Recruitment Flyers and any other supporting documentation (in that order) in PDF format and upload it as a separate document in Themis.

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 2020

The FHEAG 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.

FHEAG* Submission DateFHEAG MeetingUniversity HESC* Submission Date University HESC
Meeting

N/A

N/A

05 February 2020

20 February 2020

10 February 2020

20 February 2020

04 March 2020

19 March 2020

16 March 2020

26 March 2020

08 April 2020

23 April 2020

13 April 2020

23 April 2020

06 May 2020

21 May 2020

11 May 2020

21 May 2020

03 June 2020

18 June 2020

08 June 2020

18 June 2020

01 July 2020

16 July 2020

13 July 2020

23 July 2020

05 August 2020

20 August 2020

10 August 2020

20 August 2020

02 September 2020

17 September 2020

07 September 2020

17 September 2020

30 September 2020

15 October 2020

12 October 2020

22 October 2020

04 November 2020

19 November 2020

02 November 2020

12 November 2020

27 November 2020

10 December 2020

*Faculty Human Ethics Advisory Group

*University Human Ethics Sub-Committee

Please note:

  • Applications must be submitted via Themis by the applicable deadline.
  • Applications should be submitted electronically via the Ethics module on your Themis workbench. All documents should be uploaded individually in PDF format. Each PDF document must be attached separately in Themis, with one additional attachment that includes all documents. To do this, you will need to print a copy of the application summary report and combine it with the Application Form, PLS, Consent Form, Interview and Survey Questions, Recruitment Flyers and any other supporting documentation (in that order) in PDF format and upload it as a separate document in Themis.
  • Please ensure the uploaded application form is 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:

Research Development Officer
Research Professional Services Unit 

Level 3, 45 Barry Street
Faculty of Business and Economics
The University of Melbourne AUSTRALIA 3010
E: fbe-research@unimelb.edu.au