This unit is relevant for all staff and Higher Degree by Research Students, and will soon form part of the annual Performance and Career Development Process (PACD). The unit is based on the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (the Code), and takes researchers through how to apply the Code to all research conducted at the University of Tasmania. The unit comprises 5 modules and will take approximately 2 hours to complete.
This unit is relevant for all staff and students undertaking research involving humans. The unit provides a brief introduction to research ethics in human research and provides advice on how to apply for research ethics approval for your own research. Completing this unit will take approximately 45 minutes to complete.
- Animal Ethics Training (face-to-face and MyLO)
This training is compulsory for staff and students working with animals. See the Animal Ethics webpage for further details of the training, and information on how to register.
The Research Training Events Calendar includes an essential range of programs designed to support academic staff and Higher Degree by Research (HDR) candidates in building and progressing their research careers.
The Faculty of Education has created some useful resources, including vodcasts, to support those seeking approval from the Social Sciences Human Research Ethics Committee (SHREC) to undertake research.
Please note: Ethics Committee Chairs, RIEU Executive Officers and the Research Integrity Coordinator are available to provide tailored education and training programs to support your Department/School/students. Please contact the Manager, Research Integrity and Ethics to discuss your requirements: Adele.Kay@utas.edu.au or (03) 6226 7479
For those looking for a more in-depth Human Research Ethics course, The University of Wollongong has an on-line human research ethics course, designed for researchers and members of human research ethics committees. Completion of this course will add to your understanding of the principles and values that form the basis of the ethics of human research and increase your familiarity with using the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (NHMRC 2007).
Macquarie University offers an on-line training course focused on the particular ethical issues raised by social science and humanities research.
- Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (NHMRC 2007)
- National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (NHMRC 2007, updated 2018)
- NHMRC Guidelines on Human Research Ethics (various)
- Personal Information Protection Act (Tas) 2004
- Sections 95 & 95A of 1988 Commonwealth Privacy Act
- Ethical guidelines on the use of Assisted Reproductive Technology in Clinical Practice and Research (PDF 3MB)
- Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes (NHMRC 8th Edition, 2013)
- NHMRC Guidelines on Animal Research Ethics (various)
- Tasmanian Human Tissue Act 1985
- Animal Welfare Act of Tasmania 1993
- Values and Ethics: Guidelines for Ethical Conduct in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research (NHMRC, 2003)
- Guidelines for Ethical Research in Indigenous Studies (Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, 2002)
- Guidelines for Ethical Research in Australian Indigenous Studies (AIATSIS 2012)
- Statement on Consumer and Community Participation in Health and Medical Research (NHMRC, 2002, 2005)
- TGA note for guidance on Good Clinical Practice (PDF)
- Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) Code of Practice for Exposure of Humans to Ionizing Radiation for Research Processes
- International Compilation of Human Research Standards (US Office for Human Research Protections, 2017)
The Research Integrity and Ethics Unit maintains an electronic library of high quality, approved applications as a source of guidance for researchers. The library contains applications approved by the Animal Ethics Committee, the Health and Medical Human Research Ethics Committee and the Social Science Human Research Ethics Committee.
To access a resource from the library contact the Manager, Research Integrity and Ethics Unit. In order for us to provide a valuable application, include which specific area of research you are undertaking, or which specific issue you are interested in addressing. The Research Integrity and Ethics Unit will contact the Chief Investigator of the application to obtain consent to it being shared.
If you have an application which you are happy to share with your colleagues, please contact the Manager, Research Integrity and Ethics Unit. We will add it to our library so that others can benefit from your experience and expertise.
The Social Science Human Research Ethics Committee also maintains a FAQ section and researchers applying to any Ethics Committee are encouraged to review this resource. The Faculty of Education has available a range of sample applications which may be a helpful resource.