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 2018.

Expressions of Interest for appointment to the Ethics Committee

Membership categories include ‘at least 2 persons (including at least one man and at least one woman) who:

(i) are able to represent general community attitudes; and

(ii) are not affiliated with the Institute; and

(iii) are not currently involved in medical, scientific or legal work.’

The Committee currently includes a woman in this category, but there is a vacancy for a man in this category.

Expressions of interest for appointment to the Ethics Committee for the current vacant position

To learn more about the position and how to register interest please review the
Details for the current vacant position as advertised.

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

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

Meeting dates for 2019



Submission deadline* for new applications & Amendments

Submission deadline* for Annual Monitoring reports


19 February

11 January

4 January


14 May

12 April

5 April


23 July

14 June

7 June


1 October

23 August

16 August


10 December

1 November

25 October

*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.