Recruiting Human Research Ethics Committee Members

Expressions of interest for the Department of Health’s Human Research Ethics Committee are now open.
29 February 2024

The Department of Health’s Human Research Ethics Committee ensures the ethical acceptability of research conducted, commissioned, or carried out under the auspices of the Department of Health or the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing.

The Committee adheres to the standards set by the NHMRC’s National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research

Recruitment is underway for the following membership categories: 

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community member
  • Community member or consumer
  • Persons with experience in pastoral care, such as minister of religion or community elder
  • Persons with knowledge and experience in the professional care of people
  • Philosopher (person with expertise in moral deliberation)
  • Researchers familiar with the type of applications routinely considered by the Committee.

Appointments are for three-year periods. Re-appointment is possible.  

Applicants should be familiar with the National Statement and the application of ethical standards to academic and programmatic research and evaluations.

Position description - Member, Human Research Ethics Committee

Expressions of interest must be submitted to Please include:
•    a curriculum vitae;
•    a covering letter that indicates the position sought and addresses the selection criteria in the position description; and
•    the names and details of two referees.

The closing date for expressions of interest is 15 April 2024.

For enquiries about the positions and the committee

Bridget Radford 
Centre for Evaluation and Research Evidence
Department of Health

For more information, including the Committee meeting schedule, visit the Human Research Ethics Committee webpage on the Department of Health website.