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If you are undertaking a research project as part of your education (completing a Masters degree or Doctorate) and would like to involve the staff, clients, residents from any of Anglicare Southern Queensland’s facilities or sites across south-east Queensland you will need to apply for permission to proceed.

The process contains several steps and must be followed in sequential order for consideration to be made.

Step one

Application for consideration

You will need to apply in writing (either via email or post) to the ASQ Research, Review & Advisory Committee for consideration.

In your correspondence to the Committee you will explain in detail the perceived benefit that you believe your research project will offer either the organisation or its staff. Currently no applications will be accepted for consideration until the end of June 2016.

Your initial submission should be directed to:

ASQ Research, Review & Advisory Committee
PO Box 10556
Brisbane Adelaide Street QLD 4000

Step two

Approval process

Following receipt of your submission the Committee will review the salient points raised in your proposal in order to determine whether the project should proceed.

You will be formally notified of the outcome in writing.

Step three

Obtaining ethical consent

Should the Committee be receptive to your proposal you will then be asked to submit details of your project to the Anglicare Southern Queensland Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) for assessment from an ethical perspective.

As part of your submission you will need to have completed a National Ethics Application Form (NEAF) outlining your proposal. The form is available for download via the following URL:


You will also need to include any other ethics approvals you have received for your project and examples of relevant data collection methods (such as forms) that you intend using with our clients, residents and staff to enable this material to be reviewed by the HREC.

Applicants should note that HREC meet monthly and that submissions need to arrive at least two weeks prior to the date of the meeting in order to be considered.

Your submission to HREC should be directed to:

Jennifer West

Chair – HREC
Anglicare Southern Queensland
PO Box 10556
Brisbane Adelaide Street QLD 4000
Email: HRECResearch@anglicaresq.org.au

  • Click here to access a flowchart diagram detailing the HREC application process
  • Click here to access a flowchart diagram detailing the HREC complaint process
  • Click here to access a flowchart diagram detailing the HREC appeal process
  • Click here to access our meeting dates for 2016

Further information

In the event that you have any queries in relation to the approval process, please contact Margaret Nicholas at mnicholas@anglicaresq.org.au


Advice to researchers seeking ethical approval for projects based in Anglicare facilities.

All projects based in Anglicare Southern Qld facilities that involve contact with either Anglicare staff or clients will require approval from both the ASQ Research Review & Advisory Committee, as well as the ASQ Human Research Ethics Committee.

  • The ASQ Research Review & Advisory Committee (RRAC) considers the likely benefit of the research to Anglicare services and the capacity of the agency to host the research. This committee needs to be confident that the proposed research is compatible with Anglicare's mission and will not intrude on the care provided to Anglicare clients. It considers the practical matters such as cost, time, and resources.
  • If approval is provided by the ASQ RRAC it is then passed for further consideration to the ASQ Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC), who will then consider whether the proposed research meets the necessary standards for ethical research as determined by the NHMRC. Committee membership and activity is governed by the National NHMRC Guidelines.

Some researchers seeking to have their research approved will already have submitted their research proposal through other research and ethics committees. For example, PhD students will submit projects through their University Ethics Committees. Typically their research projects are scrutinized by supervisors and research committees that consider the scientific merit of the research proposals.

The Anglicare HREC will essentially consider the ethical issues of all research projects submitted, particularly in relation to the Anglicare service context. The Committee is independent of other Ethics Committees and will not automatically approve projects that have been approved elsewhere. The Committee will also consider the merits of the research proposed from both scientific and methodological perspectives. It is the responsibility of the Committee to ensure that research is properly developed. Potential researchers should ensure that their proposals follow appropriate research conventions, are clearly described and supported by reference to the research literature. The Committee accepts that a wide range of research methodologies are appropriate and encouraged.

Researchers wishing to discuss the roles of the various Anglicare Research Committees should contact the HREC Secretary Ms Margaret Nicholas (ph 3838 7617).