Guidelines: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

Researchers conducting studies involving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities must ensure they are familiar with, and that their protocol is compliant with, the NHMRC Guidelines on Ethical Matters in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research.

For researchers undertaking health research involving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities in New South Wales, an application must be made to the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council HREC and must be approved prior to being submitted to the University HREC. In all instances, protocols in this area of research must be submitted with evidence of community consultation and approval.

For information about when approval is needed from the Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council Ethics Committee, see their guidelines.

Researchers should contact:
Project Officer
Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council
Ph: (02) 9212 4777
Email:

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)
Those wishing to apply for Institute research grants should consult the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) as should any scholar wishing to conduct research in Indigenous Australia.