Committees and advisory groups

Human research ethics committee

The Northern Territory (NT) Department of Health sponsors two Human Research Ethics Committees which work together to provide ethical review for all health related research conducted in the NT. One committee has primary duty to the Top End, one to Central Australia.

These Committees are registered with the National Health Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

For more information refer to the following:

National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992

National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007)

Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research

Guidelines under the Privacy Act (1988)

NT Information Act

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Top End Human Research Ethics Committee

The Top End Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) supports the research activities of the NT Department of Health in its northern zone, and the Menzies School of Health Research. 

The HREC also considers applications submitted by non-government health providers working across the Top End of the NT.

For more information and advice on applying go to the Menzies School of Health Research website.

Central Australian Human Research Ethics Committee (CAHREC)

CAHREC is a committee of the Department of Health and the Centre for Remote Health, a joint venture of Flinders and Charles Darwin Universities.

CAHREC considers applications for research on people in the Southern and Barkly regions of the NT.

Anyone conducting research on Aboriginal land in these regions requires a research permit from the Central Land Council. A prerequisite for this permit is ethics approval from CAHREC.

Go to 'special purpose permits' on the Central Land Council website.

To make a research application to CAHREC you can go to the Australian Government's Human Research Ethics Application (HREA) system website

To apply fill in a CAHREC application form.

You must submit hard copies of your application, including:

  • one stapled, single-sided, signed original, including all attachments (original or digital signatures)
  • 20 stapled, double-sided hard copies of the signed original, including all attachments
  • one electronic version of the signed original, including all attachments: email these as one document, not as multiple attachments.

CAHREC Progress and Final Report Form.

Researchers may currently submit applications on the legacy forms. The ethics committees will continue to accept the National Ethics Application Form until it is phased out by the NHMRC.

If the NEAF is used Section D: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research must be filled out in full and submitted to CAHREC. 

Packages and submissions can be delivered in person to the Centre for Remote Health. 

Secretariat Support
Centre for Remote Health
Corner Simpson and Skinner St
Alice Springs NT 0870
Phone: (08) 8951 4700  

Amendments and extensions

To amend your application re-send the application, including copies.

For an extension submit an electronic copy, one original, and three hard copies.


Good information and clinical practice is the foundation of research that benefits the public. If you have any questions or complaints about research that has been reviewed by the ethics committees please contact the administrators: 

Related information

For research and ethics guidelines go to the Australian Government's National Health and Medical Research Council website.

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Last updated: 26 March 2018