Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Research Ethics Information

Research Ethics & Safety

Ethics and your Research Proposal

In developing your research proposal you need to explicitly consider the ethical implications of various aspects of the research you propose to conduct.  Formally, if your proposed course of research raises ethical issues then you need to obtain formal ethical clearance before undertaking your research.   

The University has several committees through which ethics and related issues are approved. These are listed above. 

Proposals for research which involves human participants and/or materials need to conform to the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Research Involving Humans and requires approval from the Human Research Ethics Committee or for minimal risk research the appropriate School.

Any proposed research that involves animals or wildlife must conform with the AAC Australian Code of Practice for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes and requires approval from the Animal Care and Ethics Committee.

The use of ionising radiation is governed by the Radiation Control Act (NSW) 1990 and its Regulations. The acquisition of radioactive material or irradiating apparatus must also be approved by the Charles Sturt University Radiation Safety Committee before the material or apparatus is brought into the University or used by University staff / students.

It is very important to check the guidance provided at the websites of all committees listed above to assess the relevance of each for your research and to ensure your research will comply with all requirements, most of which are legislative requirements.