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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 can also be repetitive. The NEAF is being reviewed in line with the National Statement released in March 2007. The revised NEAF will be available later in 2007.
  • 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).
  • 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: 04 March 2015