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ACAP Research Ethics

The Australian College of Applied Psychology believes that all research should be conducted with honesty and integrity, and follow responsible and ethical research practices. All ACAP students, staff and research partners engaged in research with ACAP are expected to adhere to the standards of ethical conduct prescribed in the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2018), as well as the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007), each developed jointly by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), the Australian Research Council (ARC) and Universities Australia.

Additionally, researchers at ACAP engaged in research involving indigenous concerns or participants must adhere to the Ethical conduct in research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and communities (2018) and the Keeping research on track II (2018), developed by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Guidelines for Ethical Research in Indigenous Studies (2012), developed by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies.

Research Involving Human Participants

All research undertaken by ACAP students and staff that involves human participants requires ethics approval from the Navitas Professional Institute Human Research Ethics Committee (NPI HREC) before the research is commenced. Through this ethics approval process research is assessed for quality, safety, privacy, risk management, financial management and ethical acceptability in accord with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research.

This process of ethical review and approval reassures researchers that their research project complies with the Code and Standards and related statutory requirements, and has moral validation as well as institutional backing. It also provides researchers with an opportunity to enhance the rigour and quality of their project. Researchers of ACAP HREC approved human research projects are also required to submit an annual progress report to the ACAP HREC.

Further information can be found under the relevant sections below.

Navitas Professional Institute Human Research and Ethics Committee

Terms of Reference
Chair / Research Expert
Dr Fiona Ann Papps
Acting Deputy Chair/ Research Expert
Dr Larissa Clarkson
Research Expert
Professor Kathryn Nicholson Perry
Dr John Whitehead
Dr Larissa Clarkson
Dr Sharon Aris
Ms Ann Gibson
Lay Persons
Mr Warwick McDonald
Ms Belinda Jones

NPI HREC Meeting Dates in 2021

Document deadline: Friday 15 January 2021

Meeting date: Monday 25 January 2021

Document deadline: Friday 19 February 2021
Meeting date: Monday 1 March 2021

Document deadline: Friday 19 March 2021
Meeting date: Monday 29 March 2021

Document deadline: Friday 16 April 2021
Meeting date: Monday 26 April 2021

Document deadline: Friday 14 May 2021
Meeting date: Monday 24 May 2021

Document deadline: Friday 28 May 2021
Meeting date: Monday 07 June 2021

Document deadline: Friday 18 June 2021
Meeting date: Monday 28 June 2021

Document deadline: Friday 16 July 2021
Meeting date: Monday 26 July 2021

Document deadline: Friday 20 August 2021
Meeting date: Monday 30 August 2021

Document deadline: Friday 17 September 2021
Meeting date: Monday 27 September 2021

Document deadline: Friday 15 October 2021
Meeting date: Monday 25 October 2021

Document deadline: Friday 19 November 2021
Meeting date: Monday 29 November 2021

Document deadline: Friday 03 December 2021
Meeting date: Monday 13 December 2021


Preparing an application

Revising and amending an application

Reporting, Monitoring, and Data Management

HREC Advice

HREC Training

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do I need to apply for ethics approval?
All research involving human participants conducted by staff and students of Navitas Professional Institute (ACAP, NCPS) must undergo ethical review by the HREC prior to commencement of the research.

2. How strict are submission closing dates for the HREC?
Due to the volume of applications received, and the short time frame for HREC members to review applications, HREC document submission deadlines cannot be overridden. Applications received after the document deadline will be held over to the next HREC meeting.

3. Will my application be approved straight away?
Currently, approximately 15% of applications are approved as submitted. There are a number of factors which can prevent your ethics application from being approved on initial review. One of the most common factors being inexperience by the researcher in submitting ethics applications. Students submitting an ethics application must have the application reviewed by their supervisor prior to submission to the HREC. Supervisors will have experience in completing HREA and an understanding of what is required by the HREC.

4. What happens following the review of my application by the HREC?
Once your application has been reviewed the minutes of the meeting are compiled for approval by the HREC Chair. The feedback from the meeting is then sent in a Notice of Outcome via email to the applicant and supervisor.

5. I’ve received my Notice of Outcome and I need to address a few issues. How do I respond to the Committee’s feedback?
The Notice of Outcome will list the changes that need to be made or the additional information that is required. Where the Committee says 'for noting', this is not something that must be changed but should be acknowledged by the applicant.

6. What happens once I have submitted my revised application?

On return of the revised HREA the application will then follow one of two courses of action as indicated on the ethics notice. These consist of the following:
1. Full review by HREC;
2. Review by Chair.

You will be notified of the outcome of your revised application within 7 business days of receipt by the HREC Secretary.

7. What if I disagree with the decision of the HREC?
It is uncommon for an application to be rejected by the HREC. If the applicant disagrees with the feedback of the HREC the applicant will need to submit information in an email to the HREC Secretary addressing why the applicant disagrees with the feedback. This will be assessed by the HREC Chair for review and determination.

8. I need to make changes to my approved research or I need more time to complete it.
To request approval for changes to approved research or an extension of time, an email outlining the request/changes needs to be sent to the HREC Secretary. If there are any ethical implications that arise due to the change, this will need to be addressed in the email, and updated information sheets and consent forms submitted if necessary.

9. Do I need to submit a progress report?
Yes. In accordance with Section 5.5.5 of the National Statement on Ethical Conduct on Human Research (2007), progress reports on approved research must be submitted at least annually.
The ethics approval notice will advise the date that you need to submit your progress report. Progress reports are to be emailed to the HREC Secretary and should be completed using the progress report template.