Our Ethics Committee is established under Section 16 of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Act. Its functions and membership are prescribed in the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Ethics Committee Regulations 1989.

The Committee considers applications:

  • by external researchers to access data we hold for medical research projects
  • by our units and collaborating centres when they start a new data collection or change the scope of a data collection
  • when we carry out data linkage in our role as an accredited integration authority.

The AIHW Ethics Committee considers a range of issues in deciding applications. These include compliance with the Privacy Act 1988 and the AIHW Act. The Committee also considers the guidelines under Section 95 of the Privacy Act and the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research, both issued by the National Health and Medical Research Council.

AIHW Ethics Committee members

Data integration projects approved by the AIHW Ethics Committee

Meeting dates for 2017

The AIHW Ethics Committee meets five times as year. The submissions deadlines listed are for applications, requests for amendment, monitoring reports and other correspondence.



Submissions deadline*


5 December 2017

30 October 2017

*Submissions deadlines apply to applications, requests for amendment and other reports and correspondence.


Meeting dates for 2018



Submissions deadline*


20 February 2018

15 January 2018


8 May 2018

2 April 2018


17 July 2018

11 June 2018

4 25 September 2018 20 August 2018


4 December 2018     

29 October 2018

*Submissions deadlines apply to applications, requests for amendment and other reports and correspondence.

Lodging applications to the AIHW Ethics Committee

Before lodging an application to the Committee, first check to see if the data you require are already publicly available. If not, you need to contact the relevant data custodian to discuss your data request.

To lodge an application to the AIHW Ethics Committee, use EthOS, the Ethics Online System. You can also use EthOS to lodge monitoring reports and track the progress of your application.

Only applications that satisfy Committee requirements will be presented to the Committee for consideration. 

The Principal Investigator is responsible for ensuring that applications are prepared to the appropriate standard.

Email  the Ethics Manager or phone +61 2 6249 5004.

Accessing EthOS

Head to the EthOS home page.