Our highly valuable committees allow us to seek advice from the best health care and research professionals across Australia.

Committees advise on our funding procedures, research and health ethics, mental health research, and health innovation and translation. This advice ensures we offer the highest standard of information. When we need further expertise, we can form a working committee or reference group for a particular topic.


The Council of NHMRC is established under the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992 (NHMRC Act) to advise the CEO and perform functions conferred on it.

Principal committees

Principal committees are established under section 35 of the NHMRC Act.

The Embryo Research Licensing Committee is an additional Principal Committee established under section 16 of the Research Involving Human Embryos Act 2002.

Other committees

In addition to the Committees listed above, a number of working committees and reference groups can be formed under section 39 of the NHMRC Act to advise NHMRC on issues that arise from time to time.

Previous committees and advisory groups

Information about the functions and composition of previous NHMRC Committees and Advisory Groups can be found on the Australian Government Web Archive.

Committee Members' responsibilities for the disclosure of interests

Appointees to Council and Committees of NHMRC are required to disclose their interests in line with the Policy on the Disclosure of Interests Requirements for Prospective and Appointed NHMRC Committee Members. This policy reflects the disclosure of interest requirements in section 42A of the NHMRC Act and instructions issued under sections 16A and 16B of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Rule 2014 (made under subsection 29(2) of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act)).

Committee Centre

The NHMRC Committee Centre allows registered users to log in and download meeting papers.

NHMRC committees

Advisory Committee for Research into Debilitating Symptom Complexes Attributed to Ticks
Alcohol Working Committee 2016–2021
Animal Welfare Committee
Audit and Risk Committee
Australian Health Ethics Committee 2015–2018 – members
Australian Health Ethics Committee 2018–2021 – members
Australian Health Ethics Committee 2021–2024 – members
Australian Research Integrity Committee
Code Advisory Group 2019–2021
Consumer and Community Advisory Group
Consumer Statement Advisory Committee (CSAC)
Dietary Guidelines Expert Committee
Dietary Guidelines Governance Committee
Discretionary Foods and Drinks Expert Working Group 2018–2020
Education and Training Working Group
Electronic Cigarettes Working Committee
Embryo Research Licensing Committee 2015–2018
Embryo Research Licensing Committee 2018–2021
Embryo Research Licensing Committee 2021–2024
Fluoride Reference Group 2014–2017
Genomics Targeted Call for Research Grant Advisory Committee
Health Innovation Advisory Committee 2015–2018
Health Innovation Advisory Committee 2018–2021
Health Research Impact Committee 2021–2024
Health Translation Advisory Committee 2015–2018 – members
Health Translation Advisory Committee 2018–2021 – members
Indigenous Research Ethics Guidelines Review Working Committee
Iodine Expert Working Group
Members of Council 2015–2018 triennium
Members of Council 2018–2021 triennium
Members of Council 2021–2024 triennium
Mitochondrial Donation Expert Working Committee
Natural Therapies Working Committee
Natural Therapies Working Committee – previous term from August 2019 to August 2020
Natural Therapies Working Committee – previous term from August 2020 to December 2021
Organ and Tissue Working Committee
Peer Review Analysis Committee
Principal Committee Indigenous Caucus
Recreational Water Quality Advisory Committee
Research Committee 2015–2018
Research Committee 2018–2021 – members
Research Committee 2021–2024 – members
Research Quality Steering Committee
Sodium Expert Working Group
Steering Group Advisory Committee
The ART Guidelines (Mito) Working Committee
The Vitamin K Working Committee 2017–2019
Water Quality Advisory Committee 2022–2025
Women in Health Science Committee