The Victoria University Human Research Ethics Committee (VUHREC) oversees the conduct of all VU research involving humans. We review all high-risk applications and applications from other institutions.

The Low Risk Human Research Ethics Panel (LRHREP) reviews applications deemed to be low or negligible risk. All LRHREP approvals are submitted to the VUHREC for ratification.

Terms of Reference

The University's Human Research Ethics Committee is guided by the Victoria University Human Research Ethics Committee Terms of Reference.

These Terms of Reference are based on the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research and Commonwealth and state laws.

Membership & Duty Statements

VUHREC composition complies with the NHMRC guidelines.

Membership consists of the following experts and community members:

The LRHREP is composed of a number of current VU human research ethics leaders.

Meeting & submission dates

Committee dates are always on a Thursday. The agenda closure dates are 5pm on the Wednesday two weeks before the meeting.

  • 13 February 2020 – agenda closure date 29 January
  • 12 March 2020 – agenda closure date 26 February
  • 9 April 2020 – agenda closure date 25 March
  • 14 May 2020 – agenda closure date 29 April
  • 11 June 2020 – agenda closure date 27 May
  • 9 July 2020 – agenda closure date 24 June
  • 13 August 2020 – agenda closure date 29 July
  • 10 September 2020 – agenda closure date 26 August
  • 8 October 2020 – agenda closure date 23 September
  • 12 November 2020 – agenda closure date 28 October
  • 10 December 2020 – agenda closure date 25 November

Download the committee dates.

Due to the tight timeline, documents received after 5pm on the agenda closure date will be held over until the following meeting.

The Low Risk Human Research Ethics Panel may review applications deemed 'Low Risk' (as defined in the National Statement) at any time. Each application is reviewed by two College reviewers and the Chair. Please allow three to five weeks' turnaround for these applications.

Further information on human research ethics.

Contact details

VUHREC Chair, Associate Professor Deborah Zion
+61 3 9919 4058 | [email protected]

Deputy Chair, to be confirmed

Manager, Research Ethics and Integrity, Ms Elizabeth Hill
+61 3 9919 4781 | [email protected]

Senior Officer, Ethics and Research Integrity, Ms Birute Prasmutas
+61 3 9919 4461 | [email protected]