Research Division


We are switching to Ethical Review Manager (ERM) 12 February. To find out what you need to do and keep up with the ERM change journey updates, please visit the website.


  • Changes to the application process have been made to ensure compliance with revisions to the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (NHMRC 2007, updated 2018). Our FAQ provides a helpful overview of these changes and how they apply to your research.
  • If you are not sure of which form you should use for your application, please assess your project's level of risk before choosing your application form: Risk Assessment
  • Please also remember that there are other documents, including your information sheet and consent forms, that you may need to submit along with your application
  • If you choose to submit a covering letter, please ensure that this does not contain any information that is not included in the application form
  • Please note that for student projects, School approval is required. Applications cannot be submitted until this process is complete
  • All other applications to the Social Sciences HREC are required to have undergone a peer review process prior to submission
  • Before they can be accepted for review, applications must be complete and must be edited for content and coherence
  • If your study involves participants who are not personally capable of giving consent and consent by a person responsible will therefore be sought, you will need to:

Full Application

This form must be used for all full applications. The form is designed specifically for non-medical research.

Study Protocol Pro Forma

Commencing 1 January 2019, we require that a study protocol or project description be submitted with all applications.

If you have an existing protocol, you do not need to complete this template, however please ensure that your protocol meets the requirements of the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (NHMRC 2007, updated 2018).

Information about data management plans is available as part of the University of Tasmania's Responsible Conduct of Research Framework, in Section 2: Management of Research Data and Primary Materials.

Prior Approval Application

If your project already has approval from a NHMRC registered Australian HREC in the last 2 years, and is compliant with the updates to the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007 (updated 2018).

You should submit a Prior Approval Application Form alongside the following:

  • A copy of the approved application
  • All approved documents, such as study project description/protocol
  • Any amendments or modifications to the project since original ethics approval was granted
  • A copy of the formal letter of approval, including approved document listing
  • Master participant information sheet and consent forms
  • Tasmania-specific information sheet and consent forms (with their own version control)
  • All other approved documents applicable to the research in Tasmania

Low Risk Application

If your project is only low risk (that is, the only risk to participants is no more than discomfort), you may submit a low risk application.

Privacy Form

If your project involves the collection, use or disclosure of personal information without the consent of the participant, please complete and submit this form. You will need to refer to the Guidelines Under section 95 of the Privacy Act 1988, the Guidelines approved under Section 95A of the Privacy Act 1988 and the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) prior to completing this form.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Supplementary Form

All applications for research projects with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples or communities or their data need to include a supplementary form. Please submit this alongside your application to the HREC. Information and support in completing this form can be found at the submitting an application page of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Ethics page, including contact details for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ethics Advisors.



Use this form to request a change to an existing project that has been approved by the HREC.


Progress Report

Use this form to submit an annual progress report to the committee.

Final Report

At the completion of your project's ethics approval you will need to complete a final report. Please also attach any publications or abstracts of publications resulting from your research.

Request for Extension

If your project is not complete after 4 years and you require ongoing ethics approval, this form allows you to apply for an extension of ethical approval.

Information Sheet and Consent Form

Template Participant Information and Consent Form

The Research Integrity and Ethics Unit has developed a template Participant Information and Consent Form (PICF) which you are able to use and modify to suit your research project. Guidance notes (WORD 75KB) are also available which we encourage researchers to read and follow.