All members of a research team have shared responsibility for the ethical conduct of research, and must be aware of and satisfied with the degree to which the conduct of the research meets national requirements and university policy.


Ethics approval can not be given retrospectively. Once the activity has commenced, it is not possible to receive retrospective ethical review and approval for that project.


Human research activities must not commence until written ethics approval has been granted. Furthermore, a project may require other internal and external approvals prior to commencement (i.e. safety or risk assessment or gatekeeper approval).

Ethics applications can be submitted at any time. Researchers are advised not to wait until the respective meeting submission deadline to submit an application as the Research Office undertakes a screening process before an application is assigned to a meeting.

Researchers are required to submit all new applications, regardless of risk, and all post-approval information, such as amendments, annual reports etc, via an online ERM account. New accounts in ERM can be made by registering via the ‘New User’ tab.

Researchers are to ensure all other documents relevant to the project are also submitted, including evidence of approval from the relevant Academic Unit. Failure to do this will result in delay and incomplete submissions will not be accepted.