Human Ethics Advisory Group Health (HEAG-H)

*Projects are not eligible to be reviewed by HEAG-H if they have been or are to be reviewed by another Australian committee. These projects must be sent to DUHREC.

Important note: It is compulsory for all staff and students submitting a full ethics application for the first time at Deakin (either DUHREC or HEAG) to complete Human Research Ethics Training. Once training is completed, you must take the quiz on the CloudDeakin site to obtain your email confirming completion. This can then be submitted with your application. If you have already been listed as a researcher on a successful application submitted at Deakin University you are exempt from this requirement.

*To gain access to the online training you will need to login to DeakinSync, click Course Sites, select Faculty of Health – Staff or Faculty of Health – Students, click More, then Self-register and choose Office of Research Integrity. If you are already logged into CloudDeakin, you can go directly to self-register for this. For staff, the training site will then appear within the My Sites area of your CloudDeakin homepage. Once self-registered, staff and students can access the Office of Research Integrity site here.

Who requires ethics approval?

  • Research projects from or at Deakin involving human participants (surveys, interviews, experiments, exercises, etc) require prior ethics approval from the Deakin University Human Research Ethics Committee (DUHREC) or a faculty Human Ethics Advisory Group (HEAG). Some research may be exempt from review if it is negligible risk research or involves the use of existing collections of data or records that contain only non-identifiable data about human beings. In these cases an application for ethics exemption must be submitted to the DUHREC.

What projects are eligible for HEAG-H review?

  • All staff and student low risk research projects from the Faculty of Health may be submitted to the HEAG-H for ethics review.
  • Projects are not eligible to be reviewed by HEAG-H if they have been or are to be reviewed by another Australian Human Research Ethics Committee. These projects must be sent to DUHREC.
  • Any project with a higher than low level of risk must be submitted to the DUHREC for review.
  • Projects that may be exempted from review must have an "Exemption from Ethics Review" form submitted to the DUHREC.

How do I know if my project is low risk?

  • It is the responsibility of the researcher to assess the level of risk associated with their own project. You may need to refer to the National Statement.

What are the possible outcomes of HEAG-H review?

  • The HEAG-H may grant approval, request amendments to or resubmission of low risk research proposals.
  • After risk assessment, if the HEAG-H believes that the project is not low risk, the researchers will be notified and asked to submit their application to DU-HREC for ethics review. Please note that DUHREC require ethics applications to be submitted on the HREA (Human Research Ethics Application) system.

After approval, what then?

  • Once ethics approval (or exemption) is granted, research is authorised to commence


  • Any changes to the research must be submitted for approval.

Annual/Final Reports

  • Annual/Final reports are due the 1st of December each year, and on completion of the project.

Organisational Consent Form

  • If you are recruiting Deakin staff and/or students for a research project, you will need to apply for permission from either the Unit Chair (if recruiting from individual units), Course Coordinator (if recruiting from course/s), Head of School (if recruiting from one school), Pro Vice Chancellor or Associate Dean of Research (if recruiting from two or more schools in the same faculty) or the Dean of Students (if recruiting from two or more faculties). For further information and to download the form please go the Low Risk Ethics form page.
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