Research undertaken by staff or students that collects data directly from or about human beings usually requires ethics approval before the research can commence.
CSU applies a two-tiered system of review to all applications for research involving human participants.
Under the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (NS) guidelines, the Risk level of the research activity determines which Committee may review the project.
High risk - This is defined as any research that can cause severe harm to a participant psychologically, physically, socially, economically, cause legal harm or decrease a person's self worth (NS 2.1).
Low risk - This is defined as where the only foreseeable risk is one of discomfort (NS 2.1.6). Under the National Statement, Low risk applications may be considered by the Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences Human Ethics Committee.
Determine whether your research project is deemed low risk or high risk, as this will determine which Committee reviews your application.
If you determine your research is low risk; complete the National Ethics Application Form (NEAF) and submit together with the Low Risk Review Form (Form 2) to the Faculty Human Ethics Committee (FOBJBS-FHEC@csu.edu.au).
If you determine your research is not low risk you should complete the NEAF and submit for review by the Human Research Ethics Committee (email@example.com)
Please check the following web link for more information. http://www.csu.edu.au/research/ethics_safety/human/submission
The Faculty Human Ethics Committee meets once a month. Applications for review must be submitted by the closing date in advance of the monthly meeting. Please check the timelines below.
Log on to National Ethics Application Form (NEAF). You'll be directed to the new Human Research Ethics Application (HREA) site. In the transition between the NEAF and HREA ethics application forms for human research, either form will be accepted by CSU Human Ethics Committees (University HREC, and Faculty HREC), until June 2017.
Please note: The first time you access NEAF you will need to register as a user. If you do not receive an email from NEAF within 24 hours with confirmation of your registration and your password please contact NEAF Assist on 1800 500 983 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Low Risk Review Form (Form 2)
Download Low Risk Review Form (Form 2)
The NEAF must be completed by all researchers applying for ethics clearance. Applications are to be submitted electronically, with no more than 3 attachments to the Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences Human Research Ethics Committee. Signed signatory pages are also required these can be included in the application, scanned and emailed separately or faxed to the Committee.
If you are submitting the following supporting documentation, you must include them as one separate attachment along with the NEAF and the Minimal Risk Review Checklist (Form 2) separately. Please note any application submitted with more than 3 attachments will not be accepted. If the application exceeds the required number of attachments, the application will be returned with a request to compile the document into a maximum of 3 separate attachments.
Applications should be submitted electronically by the agenda closing date.
Email your application to FOBJBS-FHEC@csu.edu.au
Contact the Executive Officer on +61 2 6365 7977 for further information.
Application must be submitted by email and include:
Please provide signatures of all members of the research team. Signatures can be included in the application or scanned and emailed to the Committee. The Committee is unable to review incomplete applications and they will be returned.
As soon as you submit your application, you will receive a confirmation email advising the date of the meeting at which your application will be reviewed. Once your application has been considered by the Committee, you will be notified via email of the outcome within 7- 10 working days.
The Committee is dedicated to the highest standard of integrity in research and acknowledges the value of advancing knowledge by research. It aims to ensure that the rights of individual participants of the research are protected at all times.
The Committee reviews each research project according to the following issues:
The Committee considers each ethics application and amendment and gives a final decision of:
If your application is not approved, you will be notified of the reasons for the decision.
A protocol number is assigned to each successful application which should be used in all correspondence to the Committee.
Managing Approved Projects
The University's Human Research Ethics Committee and all CSU Faculty Committees, grant approval for a 12 month period from the original date of approval. It is a condition of approval that researchers complete a report annually to comply with monitoring requirements of the National Health and Medical Research Council.
The University's Human Research Ethics Committee and all CSU Faculty Committees, grant approval for a 12 month period from the original date of approval. It is a condition of approval that researchers complete a report at the conclusion of their research to comply with monitoring requirements of the National Health and Medical Research Council.
If after an ethics application that has been approved necessitates an alteration to the research project you must submit a Report on Research Project detailing the changes made and any supporting documentation to the appropriate ethics Committee.
If a researcher requires approval to extend the period of research an extension is to be submitted with the appropriate documentation detailing the reason to the appropriate ethics Committee.
It is a condition of approval that researchers immediately report any serious or unanticipated adverse effects of their research on participants, and any unforeseen events that might affect continued ethical acceptability of the project to the Executive Officer: Email: email@example.com Phone: (02) 6365 7977.
Research participants must be given contact details of a person nominated to receive complaints or concerns about research conduct. These details must be included on Information Sheet provided to participants. Participants who have a concern about the conduct of a human research project, which they do not wish to discuss with the research team, should contact: Executive Officer, Human Research Ethics Committee, Charles Sturt University, Office of Academic Governance Panorama Avenue, Bathurst NSW 2795, Tel: (02) 6338 4628. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You do not need to be a participant in a research project in order to raise a concern about the conduct of the project. A non-participant may decide to raise a concern with the researcher, the HREC that approved the project, or the researcher's organisation. If this is the case the person should be directed to the HREC website to assist in contacting the relevant ethics committee.
|Yeslam Al-Saggaf||Presiding Officer|
|Yapa Bandara||School of Accounting and Finance|
|Maumita Bhattacharya||School of Computing and Mathematics|
|Heather Crawford||School of Management and Marketing|
|Lauren Saling||School of Psychology|
|Anna Corbo Crehan||Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security|
Note: Submissions must be received by 5.00 pm on the date of closing.
|Submission Deadline/Agenda Closes||Meeting Date||Meeting Time||Venue|
|Monday 6 February||Thursday 14 February||1:00pm – 3:00pm||Teleconference|
|Monday 6 March||Tuesday 14 March||1:00pm - 3:00pm||Teleconference|
|Friday 31 March||Thursday 5 April||2:00pm - 5.00pm||Video Conference|
|Monday 8 May||Tuesday 16 May||1:00pm – 3:00pm||Teleconference|
|Monday 5 June||Tuesday 13 June||1:00pm – 3:00pm||Teleconference|
|Monday 10 July||Tuesday 18 July||1:00pm – 3:00pm||Teleconference|
|Monday 7 August||Tuesday 15 August||1:00pm – 3:00pm||Teleconference|
|Monday 11 September||Tuesday 19 September||1:00pm – 3:00pm||Teleconference|
|Monday 9 October||Tuesday 17 October||1:00pm – 3:00pm||Teleconference|
|Monday 6 November||Tuesday 14 November||1:00pm – 3:00pm||Teleconference|
|Monday 4 December||Tuesday 12 December||1:00pm - 3:00pm||Teleconference|
For queries regarding your submission please contact:
Kerry Madden, Executive Officer