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 2019

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.

FHEAG Submission DateFHEAG MeetingUniversity HESC* Submission Date University HESC
Meeting
7 January 201917 January 201930 January 201914 February 2019
11 February 201921 February 20196 March 201921 March 2019
11 March 201921 March 20191 April 201916 April 2019
15 April 201925 April 20191 May 201916 May 2019
13 May 201923 May 20195 June 201920 June 2019
10 June 201920 June 20193 July 2019 18 July 2019
8 July 201918 July 201931 July 201915 August 2019
12 August 201922 August 20194 September 201919 September 2019
9 September 201919 September 20192 October 201917 October 2019
14 October 201924 October 20196 November 201921 November 2019
4 November 201914 November 201927 November 201912 December 2019

*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:

Dr Senem Mallman, 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