The Department Human Research Ethics Committee

The Department is committed to ensuring that all research and evaluation activities that it undertakes, or that are undertaken on its behalf, are carried out according to established ethical principles. These principles are set down in the National Health and Medical Research Council’s National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research.

The Department has established a human research ethics committee, registered with the NHMRC, to provide ethical review for projects that would not otherwise have access to such a process. At present, the the Department Human Research Ethics Committee (FHREC) is only able to consider applications for ethical approval for research and evaluation projects undertaken or commissioned by the Department .

Membership of the The Department Human Research Ethics Committee

Associate Professor Peter Butterworth
Ms Julieann Coombes
Major David Eldridge
Dr Lorna Hallahan
Mr Nick Hartland
Mr Sean Innis (Chair)
Ms Danielle James
Mr Adam Johnston
Mr Michael Lye
Mr Paul McBride
Dr Judy Schneider


Please direct enquiries regarding FHREC to the Department’s ethics secretariat.


Participants in research or evaluation projects that FHREC has approved who wish to make a complaint about the conduct of that project should contact the ethics secretariat:           

  • by telephone on FREECALL 1800 252 604
  • by email at
  • by letter at the Department Human Research Ethics Secretariat, Strategic Policy and Research Branch, GPO Box 9820, Canberra, ACT, 2601.

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