Human ethics process

Ethics approval for research involving human participants must be obtained prior to commencing research. You must not commence research until you have received advice from the Ethics Coordinator via formal letter that your application has been approved.

Read the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Research Involving Humans so that you are aware of your obligation to participants.


  • Complete the Human Ethics application form  in consultation with your Supervisor. 
  • Obtain written permission from any organisation where you intend to conduct research. For example, if a researcher intends to survey teachers in Queensland schools then consent from the Principal of each school involved will be required. Attach a copy of this permission to your application.
  • If the research consists of a survey and/or interview questions include a sample of the questions with the application.
  • Identified surveys and in-depth interviews all require a consent form. A  participant information and consent form template  is provided for your use. If you are creating your own consent form you need to make sure it is written using plain language and it includes:

names of researcher(s)

  • a description of the project and the purpose
  • details of participant involvement in the research (i.e. what is expected of participants and how this will impact on their life);
  • possible benefits;
  • possible risks;
  • details of privacy, confidentiality and disclosure of information;
  • details of whether results of research will be available (i.e. via publication);
  • assurance that participation in the research is voluntary;
  • assurance of the right to withdraw from the project at any time without fear of the consequences;
  • a space for the participant’s signature and the date;
  • include the following statement: Should you have any concern about the conduct of this research project, please contact the USQ Ethics Coordinator, Office of Research, University of Southern Queensland, West Street, Toowoomba QLD 4350, Telephone +61 7 4631 2690, email

Number each page of the application and attachments consecutively. Please sign and date the application and forward both electronic (via email: and hard copy of the completed application (including all attachments) to:

Ethics Coordinator
Office of Research
University of Southern Queensland
West Street
Toowoomba, QLD 4350

Further information

For queries or further information regarding human ethics and the process for applying for human ethics clearance, please email or telephone + 61 7 4631 2690.