Human Ethics

Business Transformation Project

Business Owner: Director, Research Strategy and Management; Director Office of Research Ethics

Phase: Implementation


  • Streamlining of application and review processes
  • Improved integration with other aspects of the research lifecycle
  • More efficient and effective reviewing of human ethics applications

How will it improve our services?

  • Ensure consistent quality of reviewing and compliance
  • Streamline application processes for academics and students
  • Align with human ethics best practice
  • Improved monitoring and reporting

Project achievements

Implementation of the NHMRC Human Research Ethics Application Form.

Development of draft guidelines for undertaking research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participants.

Current priorities

Completion of rollout of LNR Ethics subcommittee processes across UQ.

Project members

 Project Implementation Manager - NIcole Makoviney, Director Office of Research Ethics 

  • Helen Fraser, Human Ethics Consultant, Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research (Project Manager)

Project Reference Group 

  • Deborah Brian, Human Ethics Officer, Research Management Office
  • Annemaree Carroll, Professor, School of Education
  • Danico Jones, Administrative Officer, School of Psychology
  • Rebecca Lacey, Human Research Ethics Committee Coordinator, Metro South Hospital and Health Service
  • Elizabeth MacKinlay, Associate Professor, School of Education
  • Nancy Sturman, Associate Professor and Academic Coordinator General Practice Rotation, School of Medicine
  • Guy Wallis, Professor and Director of the Centre for Sensorimotor Performance, School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences


Low and Negligible Risk Human Research

As part of UQ's initiatives to build efficient, streamlined and consistent ethical processes that support our researchers in delivering the highest quality research outcomes, following an extensive consultative process, the University is implementing a faculty-based structure for the review of both staff and student low and neglibile risk (LNR) human research.

The new framework delivers six faculty-based LNR subcommittees to support UQ Schools and Institutes with each appointed as a subcommittee of one of UQ's two NHMRC-registered Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs). The Business, Economics and Law faculty was the first to pilot the program, which commenced in January 2017, with other faculties rolling out in succession. All faculty-based subcommittees are scheduled to be established by 31 July 2017.

Faculty Based Ethics Review Process Implementation Timeline

Faculty Expected timeline Status 
BEL Pilot January - April complete
EAIT (SMI, AIBN) January - May complete
Medicine (QBI, CAI) February - June in progress
Science (CGI, QAAFI, IMB) March - July in progress 
HASS (ISSR) May - July in progress
HABS May - July in progress

As at June 1, 2017, subject to change to suit Faculty operational requirements.

Read more about the faculty-based ethics review process for low and negligible risk human research.