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Full National Ethics Application Form (NEAF) Review

All research that presents more than low risk to participants should be submitted on the NEAF and considered by the full HREC at one of the Committee Meetings.


Some examples of research that should be submitted on the NEAF are research on the following:

  • Children,
  • Vulnerable groups of human beings,
  • Health related research,
  • Clinical trials,
  • Indigenous peoples,
  • Interviews where personal identification is possible (section 95A of the Privacy Act 1988),
  • Focus groups where sensitive information is discussed.

NEAF Application Form

Any research involving Humans that is NOT considered to be of low risk to participants must be presented to the HREC on the National Ethics Application Form (NEAF).

  • The NEAF is comprehensive and you will be asked pertinent questions about all aspects of the research.
  • The NEAF must be certified with appropriate signatures and relevant documentation attached (such as consent forms, information sheets, copies of questionnaires/surveys, approvals by external clients).
  • Please find a full list of questions posed in the NEAF application as well as a Quick Reference Map that lists all the sections in the NEAF application on the NEAF Website.
  • You can also download NEAF Proforma Applications, however, these should not be used to submit your applications to the SCU HREC as they are for information and demonstration purposes only .
  • The Secretary is available to assist researchers in completing their NEAF applications. Please allow sufficient review time before the submission date
  • All correspondence regarding ethics applications is usually processed within two weeks of the HREC meeting.


The Secretary
Human Research Ethics Committee
HREC Contacts

Updated: 21 September 2015