The Human Research Ethics Committees of the Northern Territory listed here are registered with the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and operate in accordance with the NHMRC’s National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007). 
1. Department of Health and Menzies School of Health Research (Top End HREC) 
2. Central Australian (CAHREC) 
3. Charles Darwin University (CDU HREC)
4. Departments of Defence and Veterans’ Affairs  (DDVA HREC)
5. NT Department of Education 
6. Multi-site Research
1. Department of Health and Menzies School of Health Research (Top End HREC)
(NHMRC Reg no. EC00153) 


The HREC of the Dept of Health and Menzies (TEHREC) consists of a main committee and two sub-committees. The sub-committees advise the main committee on issues relating to qualitative research and research involving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people


The TEHREC will review all research applications from:

  • Staff and students from the Menzies School of Health Research regardless of where that research will take place or where the researcher is based (mandatory review).
  • Staff and students from NT Health who will be conducting their research in the Top End* of the Northern Territory, including Top End Health Services (TEHS) sites, staff, service provision and data
  • Any researcher, including those who have already obtained approval from another HREC, who will be accessing Top End Health Service (TEHS) Services sites, staff, service provision and/or data, NT Health Top End* or NT-wide health data.
TEHS sites include:
  • Alan Walker Cancer Care Centre
  • Gove District Hospital
  • Katherine Hospital
  • Palmerston Regional Hospital
  • Royal Darwin Hospital
  • Top End Mental Health Service (TEMHS)
  • Alcohol & Other Drugs Service (AODS)
  • Top End Primary Health Care (urban and remote sites including correctional clinics)


  • Researchers from any other institution or organisation who will be conducting their human research in any field in the Top End* of the Northern Territory and who require local ethics clearance including those who have already obtained approval from another HREC. (This does not include staff and students of CDU – see below.).


* The Top End of the NT is defined for the purposes of this HREC as the areas north of but not including Tennant Creek. This extends to areas of the Barkly and VRD regions, the Tiwi Islands, NE Arnhem Land, and Groote Eylandt.

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2. Central Australian (CAHREC)
(NHMRC Reg no. EC00155)
The Central Australian Human Research Ethics Committee (CAHREC) is a Committee of the NT Department of Health and the Centre for Remote Health. Ethics clearance should be sought from the CAHREC for research being undertaken in areas of the Northern Territory that are south, south-east and west of Tennant Creek including Tennant Creek itself and north-west to Kalkaringi and Lajamanu. (This equates roughly geographically to areas overseen by the Central Land Council.). 
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3. Charles Darwin University (CDU HREC)
(NHMRC Reg no. EC00154)
CDU HREC will generally review projects from staff and students of CDU and their collaborators. Occasionally it may be necessary for a researcher to obtain CDU ethics clearance as well as from the Top End HREC e.g. a CDU student accessing health department data; or a Menzies student enrolled through CDU. Once the student has been granted ethics clearance by the Top End HREC they should submit the first few pages of the CDU application form along with the complete Top End HREC application, including any associated correspondence, attachments, conditional modifications and the final approval letter. The application will then be processed as a reciprocal application but will not hold up the project i.e. the student can start data collection once granted HREC clearance ahead of being approved by the CDU-HREC. 
CDU also has an Animal Research Ethics Committee.
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4. Departments of Defence and Veterans’ Affairs Human Research Ethics Committee (DDVA HREC) 
(NHMRC Reg no. EC00460)
The DDVA HREC will review research proposals involving human participants where one or more of the following apply:   
Research is conducted on Defence members, ex-serving personnel or other Defence personnel, their information or tissue.
Participants are to be recruited, either directly or indirectly, through a service provided by Defence or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA).
Research is conducted by Defence or DVA personnel.
Research is conducted on/in a Defence establishment.
Research is sponsored, endorsed or funded in any part by Defence or DVA.
Researchers from Menzies and DoH will require DDVA HREC approval in addition to DoH-Menzies HREC approval if conducting research on Veterans or Defence personnel.
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5. NT Department of Education 
The NT Depertment of Education has a Research Advisory Committee but not an ethics committee. The advisory committee should be consulted before undertaking research in government education facilities; however, support from them does not constitute ethical approval. (Link to stakeholder support page)
6. Multi-site research: 
Researchers may be required to apply to one or more of these committees depending on where the research is to be carried out and who will be participating, regardless of whether or not prior ethics clearance has been granted by another HREC. These committees may review any human-related research activity, not just health research.
  • Northern and Central: If research will be undertaken in communities from both Northern and Central areas, ethics clearance must be obtained from both Top End and Central Australian HRECs. 
  • NT-wide data: If research involves NT-wide data, and analysis of that data and dissemination of results is generalised and does not specifically identify or delineate Top End from Central regions or communities, then applications need only be made to Top End HREC.
  • Reciprocal approval: This HREC is not currently certified for automatic reciprocal approval of multisite research and is not part of the national mutual acceptance scheme for single ethical review. If approval has been granted by another HREC, projects will be assessed by the Chair of the HREC on a case by case basis and reciprocal approval may sometimes be granted without further HREC review.