Levels of ethical review required

Ethics clearance for Swinburne-sanctioned human research proposals is obtained from one of the following ethical review processes, depending on risk, impact or other criteria.

Swinburne's Human Research Ethics Committee (SUHREC)

  • Research that is neither negligible nor low risk as defined for this purpose
  • Research involving vulnerable or specified groups/individuals whether high, low or negligible risk
  • Research involving significantly sensitive or specified issues or contexts

A SUHREC Subcommittee (SHESCs)

  • Research that is negligible or low risk as defined for this purpose
  • Not involving vulnerable or specified groups/individuals
  • Not involving sensitive or specified issues or contexts

Another authorised ethical review or other process

  • Multi-centre or multi-site research requiring external ethical review
  • Research conducted at or with an Australian hospital/university requiring other or non-Swinburne ethical review
  • Specified clinical research/trials
  • External research involving Swinburne staff and students as co-investigators
  • External research involving Swinburne staff and students as participants
  • Research transferred to Swinburne with existing ethics clearance
  • Other special circumstance
  • Research that is defined as negligible risk or impact and involves existing collections of non-identifiable data and thus may be exempted

For further information contact the Research Ethics Office.