Ethical research

Review of the Guidelines for Ethical Research in Australian Indigenous Studies (GERAIS)

For twenty years AIATSIS has provided national and international guidance in the ethical practice of research concerning Indigenous peoples. AIATSIS is committed to improving the standards of engagement and the benefits that research can offer Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. As part of this commitment AIATSIS is reviewing its Guidelines for Ethical Research in Australian Indigenous Studies.

AIATSIS Research Ethics Committee

The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) Research Ethics Committee is responsible for reviewing all AIATSIS research projects involving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participants to ensure the appropriate ethical standards have been met. The (AIATSIS) Research Ethics Committee welcomes applications from external organisations (fees apply).

All research projects that involve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples require ethical clearance approval before the project begins. This is a requirement of the Guidelines for ethical research in Australian Indigenous studies, which embody the best standards of ethical research and human rights.

Queries or complaints relating to ethical research at AIATSIS can be directed here.

Meeting dates

The AIATSIS Research Ethics Committee will now hold six (6) meetings per year during which ethical clearance proposals are reviewed. Notification of the committee's decision is provided within ten (10) working days after each meeting. A list of meeting and submission dates are below (dates are subject to change):

Meeting No. Meeting Date Closing Date for submission of ethics applications
2019/1 06th February 2019  15th January 2019
2019/2 02nd April 2019 12th March 2019
2019/3 04th June 2019 14th May 2019
2019/4 06th August 2019 16th July 2019
2019/5 01st October 2019 10th September 2019
2019/6 03rd December 2019 12th November 2019
Forms - research ethics
Forms Description
Ethical Clearance Proposal This document outlines all of the necessary details relating to the applicant’s research proposal for consideration by the ethics committee.
Participant Information Sheet & Informed Consent Form This document includes all of the necessary information relating to the proposed research in a format that the research participant can easily understand. Based on this information the participant can then consider their participation, free of coercion, in order to provide their informed consent.
Resources - research ethics
Resource Description
Guidelines for Ethical Research in Australian Indigenous Studies (GERAIS) AIATSIS' GERAIS promote a process of meaningful engagement and reciprocity between researchers and Indigenous people.
AIATSIS Research Ethics Committee Charter This document outlines the role and responsibilities of the AIATSIS Research Ethics Committee and its Members.
National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Research Involving Humans 2007 Guidelines made in accordance with the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992.
Australian Code of the Responsible Conduct of Research This publication guides institutions and researchers in responsible research practices and promotes integrity in research for researchers.
Values and Ethics – guidelines for Ethical Conduct in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research The document contains guidelines for ethical health research that involves Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Keeping Research on Track: A guide for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples about health research ethics A community guide and companion document to Values and Ethics – guidelines for ethical conduct in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
Aboriginal Knowledge and Intellectual Property Protocol Community Guide This protocol was developed by Ninti One and outlines ways researchers and Aboriginal communities can work together whilst respecting the rights of everyone involved.
Ask First: A guide to respecting Indigenous heritage places and values

Developed by the Australian Heritage Commission, this is a practical guide for land developers, land users and managers which outlines the consultation and negotiation process with Indigenous stakeholders to address Indigenous heritage issues

Last reviewed: 6 May 2019