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:

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Top End Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC)

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 Northern Territory.

For advice on applying, or providing your feedback go to the Menzies School of Health Research website.

Central Australian Human Research Ethics Committee (CAHREC)

CAHREC is one of two NT Department of Health ethics committees. It operates under the auspices of the Centre for Remote Health, and considers applications for all human research being conducted in the Southern and Barkly regions of the Northern Territory.

Who should apply?

CAHREC only undertakes ethical review for research sites located within the Northern Territory. For research being conducted in the adjoining tristate areas (AP Lands of South Australia or the Ngaanyatjarra lands of Western Australia), ethical reviews are undertaken by either the Aboriginal Health Research Ethics Committee (AHREC) of South Australia or the WA Aboriginal Health Ethics Committee for Western Australia.

Making submissions to CAHREC

For more information on CAHREC, and to access researcher resources, including application, amendment and report forms, as well as the current CAHREC calendar, please go to the CAHREC Sharepoint site.

If you have any queries about applying to CAHREC, or wish to provide your feedback, please contact

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.

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: 10 May 2018