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 2018

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 Group (FHEAG) Meeting DateMelbourne Research -
Ethics Office Deadline
University HESC
Meeting Date
14 February 201822 February 201828 February 201815 March 2018
14 March 201822 March 20184 April 201819 April 2018
18 April 201826 April 20182 May 201817 May 2018
23 May 201831 May 20186 June 201821 June 2018
18 July 201826 July 20181 August 201816 August 2018
22 August 201830 August 20185 September 201820 September 2018
19 September 201827 September 20183 October 201818 October 2018
17 October 201825 October 201831 October 201815 November 2018
14 November 201822 November 201828 November 201813 December 2018

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.
  • 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:

Kristie Matthews, Committee Secretary
Research Support Unit Level 3, 45 Barry Street
Faculty of Business and Economics
The University of Melbourne AUSTRALIA 3010
E: fbe-research@unimelb.edu.au