Expressions of interest for Department of Health Human Research Ethics Committee

The Department of Health Human Research Ethics Committee (the Committee) undertakes ethical reviews of research proposals conducted or commissioned by the department or otherwise carried out under its auspices. The Committee also considers proposals in the portfolios of the former Department of Health and Human Services including child protection, prevention of family violence, housing, disability, ageing and carers.

The Committee meets eight times a year.

Membership of the Committee conforms to the requirements of the National Health and Medical Research Council’s National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (National Statement, 2018).

Recruitment is now being undertaken to the following positions:

  • Chair;
  • Philosopher, with knowledge of moral philosophy and deliberation;
  • Pastoral member, such as minister of religion;
  • Solicitor;
  • Researcher, with current experience in a relevant portfolio area(s);
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person
  • Person with knowledge of, and current experience in, the professional care, counselling and treatment of others, such as nurse or social worker; and
  • Layperson, both male and female.

Appointments are for a period of three years with the possibility of re-appointment.

Expressions of interest in the above positions are now sought. Applicants should be familiar with the National Statement and understand the application of ethical principles to research. Expressions of interest should include: covering letter (confirming position being nominated and addressing the selection criteria of the position description) and curriculum vitae (with names and details of two referees).

Expressions of interest must be submitted via email to:

Closing date: 9 July, 2021


Steve Kozel
Centre for Evaluation and Research Evidence
0413 771 955

Further information about the Committee can be found at Human Research Ethics Committee.