Human Ethics Review

Once you have a submitted a new HRE application, please allow up to 10 University business days for an initial review and risk assessment to be conducted.

The initial review involves ensuring all HRE application questions have been addressed, and all required documentation is attached. If an HRE application is missing any of the information, the Ethics Office is unable to conduct a risk assessment adequately and will return the application to the research team.

The Ethics Office conducts risk assessments to determine the appropriate review pathway.

Research exempted from review

Research may be exempted from review if:

  • is negligible risk research; and
  • involves the use of existing collections of data or records that contain only non-identifiable data about human beings. 

An HRE application is required to be submitted for an exemption to be formally applied. 

Expedited review

HRE applications that are deemed to be negligible or low risk may be eligible for expedited review. 

Expedited reviews are conducted by the Ethics Office in conjunction with members of the USQ HREC (usually USQ HREC Chair or deputy Chairs). 

The expedited review is an ongoing process that operates between February and November.  

More than low risk HRE applications

HRE applications that are deemed to be more than low risk are not eligible for expedited review and must be review by the full USQ HREC. 

The USQ HREC must review research that explicitly targets the following participants:

  • Women who are pregnant and/ or the human fetus.
  • People highly dependent on medical care who may be unable to give consent.
  • People with cognitive impairment, an intellectual disability, or a mental illness.
  • People who may be involved in illegal activities.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

Refer to the USQ HREC meeting dates for information on submission timelines.