University of Divinity

Chair of the Human Research Ethics Committee

The University is required by the National Statement of Ethical Conduct in Human Research (the National Statement) and the Determinations to Regulation 1 to appoint a Chair of the Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC):

  • A chairperson, with suitable experience, whose other responsibilities will not impair the HREC’s capacity to carry out its obligations under this National Statement (National Statement 5.1.30a)
  • The Chair of the Committee is appointed by the Council from the membership of the Committee. In the absence of the Chair, a member of the Committee is elected by the Committee as acting Chair for that meeting. (Determinations to Regulation 1.6.2).

Role and Relationships

  • The Chair provides human research ethics leadership at the University and is appointed from the membership of the Committee.
  • The Chair exercises significant authority in matters relating to human research ethics, playing a leading role in quality assurance.
  • The Chair works collegially with academic staff and students to promote awareness of University policies and strategies concerning human research ethics.
  • The Chair works closely with the members of HREC, the Director of Research, and the Committee’s Executive Officer. The Chair reports directly to the Vice-Chancellor and the University Council.


  • To uphold the responsibilities of the HREC Chair and apply the ethical principles and values set out in the National Statement of Ethical Conduct in Human Research (the National Statement), the HREC terms of reference set out in clause 6.4 of the Determinations to Regulation 1, UD policy and procedures, and operating guidelines.
  • To provide leadership and impartial guidance in relation to the responsible conduct of research on human participants as per the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (the Code) and the National Statement.
  • To chair HREC meetings in a manner that ensures that the views of all members are received and considered and that consensus-based decisions are made where possible.
  • To provide guidance to the Director of Research and research office staff with respect to the most appropriate ethics review pathway for ethics applications, amendments, and reports.
  • To promote good communication between the HREC, researchers, and the University.
  • To promote staff, student and HREC member research ethics professional development and awareness of relevant legislation, policies, procedures and guidelines.

Position Description

Read the full HREC Chair Position Description

Term of appointment

The term of appointment for this position is from 1 January 2020 – 31 December 2022.


This is a volunteer position.

How to apply

Expressions of interest, including a curriculum vitae and a brief write-up by the candidate on why they would be suitable for the role, are to be sent to the University Secretary at aantoniotti@divinity.edu.au by 30 June 2019.

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