AIATSIS Human Research Ethics Committee

The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) Human Research Ethics Committee (committee) is responsible for reviewing projects involving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research to ensure the appropriate ethical standards have been met.

The (AIATSIS) Human Research Ethics Committee welcomes applications from external organisations (fees apply). All AIATSIS research projects are reviewed by the committee.

The committee is registered with the NHMRC and reviews projects in accordance with the National Statement and the AIATSIS Guidelines for Ethical Research in Australian Indigenous Studies (GERAIS).

All research projects that involve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples require ethics review and approval before the project begins.

Meeting dates

The AIATSIS Human Research Ethics Committee meet six (6) per year. Notification of the committee’s decision is provided to applicants within ten (10) working days after each meeting.

Note: Meeting dates are subject to change

Meeting No.

Meeting Date

Closing Date for submission of ethics applications


6 February 2019 

15 January 2019


2 April 2019

12 March 2019


4 June 2019

14 May 2019


6 August 2019

16 July 2019


1 October 2019

10 September 2019


3 December 2019

12 November 2019


Members must demonstrate a commitment to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and be able to communicate sensitively and effectively. This commitment will be shown by their capacity to:

  • Understand Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures;
  • Identify issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today; and
  • Communicate respectfully.

Members of the committee are appointed for three years in line with the categories established by the National Health and Medical Research Council. Applicants must apply under one of the following categories:

  • Researcher – Persons with knowledge of, and current experience in, research with or about Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Practitioner – Knowledge of, and current experience in, the professional care, counselling or treatment of people.
  • Pastoral Care – an Indigenous Elder, current Minister of Religion or a person who performs a similar role in the community.
  • Lay Person – Persons with no affiliation to AIATSIS and who does not engage in medical, scientific, legal or academic work.
  • Lawyer – Persons who are legally trained or lawyers.
  • Chairperson - A person with suitable experience, who’s other responsibilities will not impair the Committees capacity to carry out its obligations under the National Statement;

Membership of the committee involves a minimum of eight meetings per year, held at AIATSIS or via teleconference, and an average preparation time of 3 to 4 hours per meeting. Meetings are usually for 1 day. The Committee also hosts workshops for researchers seeking to familiarise themselves with GERAIS. A modest sitting fee is payable for attendance of the meetings and workshops as well as recognition for preparation time. Members must have a registered ABN.

We are not currently recruiting members to the AIATSIS Research Ethics Committee. Positions may become available throughout the year and will be advertised on the AIATSIS website. If you would like to be considered for the next round of recruitment, please send us your CV and provide a one-page statement explaining why you would be the best person for this position. Please include the AIATSIS EOI cover sheet in your application.

For more information please get in touch via or (02) 6246 1161.

Last reviewed: 10 Sep 2019