Research and Ethics Office

How to Apply

Guidance relating to COVID-19 submissions:

Update 24.03.2020:

Link to: SWSLHD Guidance Document for the submission of research applications, amendments, Significant Safety Issue Notifications, Serious Breach Reports and Suspected Breach Reports relating to COVID-19

Given the evolving nature of the COVID-19 situation, the Research Directorate – Research Ethics and Governance Unit will only be holding meetings via telephone / Skype until further notice. If you have any research enquiries, please send an email to or call 8738 8304 or 8738 8314 and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Please also note that if you need to send a research agreement to the office, please do so by external mail (Research Directorate –Research Ethics and Governance Unit, Administration Building, Eastern Campus, Liverpool Hospital Locked Bag 7279, Liverpool BC 1871) or internal mail (Research Directorate – Research Ethics and Governance Unit, Level 2, Liverpool Hospital). If coming from external mail, please ensure a prepaid envelope is included for return of counter-signed research agreements. If sending via internal mail, please ensure details are provided on a separate note in regard to the Internal Department to send the counter-signed agreement. Please note that the Research Directorate is not responsible for any mail lost in transit.

Given that some of our Ethics Committee members may be required to assist with surge planning and service delivery as the COVID-19 situation evolves, there may be delays with Ethics reviews and approval.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Research Directorate on 8738 8304 or 8738 8314 if you have any questions. We look forward to working with you and supporting you with your research. We hope you stay safe and healthy over the next few months.

For further guidance please refer to the below links:

NHRMC COVID-19: Guidance on clinical trials for institutions, HRECs, researchers and sponsors:

The NSW Office for Health and Medical Research (OHMR) COVID-19: Guidance for sponsors, researchers, HRECs and RGOs


How to apply

Before submitting a new application to the Research and Ethics Office and if you are not sure what level of risk your project is (i.e. should you complete a Low Risk HREA or a Greater than Low Risk HREA, we initially recommend that you fill in a Decision Aid. The Decision Aid will determine the level of risk the project is and which application you should complete.

NOTE: The National Statement (document that governs the Ethical principles in Australia and is used by the Ethics Committee in reviewing applications) has been updated in 2018. Further information in relation to the update can be found at

Please note a Site Specific Application (SSA) form, for all SWLSHD sites, must also be completed when you apply for either an LNR or NEAF application. 


Step 1 - Decision Aid:
  • Complete the Decision Aid form
  • Email the Decision Aid to with subject line: Decision Aid Review.
  • The Research and Ethics Office will email you back with a decision regarding what type of application you should fill in.
 Step 2 - Ethics Application and SSA Application (please submit in parallel):
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