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
Negligible Risk Review
- Research that is considered negligible risk involves no greater risk than one of inconvenience.
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.