The Human Research Ethics Application (HREA) enables all Australian research involving human participants to be efficiently and effectively reviewed. Starting in 2014, we developed the HREA with input from stakeholders from research and government. It was launched in 2016 and researchers can now complete their applications online.

The currently available resources are listed below. 

User guide

  • Frequently asked questions and answers - See Downloads
  • HREA 'How to' guide - See Downloads
  • How to download and save your completed HREA - See Downloads
  • HREA Troubleshooting – Opening a zip on a Mac - See Downloads
  • Terms of Use - See Downloads 

‘How to’ videos

How to create an account

How to navigate the HREA

Technical assistance

  •  or 1800 500 983 (within Australia) or +61 2 6217 9451 (international callers)
  • Operating hours for HREA technical assistance are Monday to Friday 09:00 a.m to 05:00 p.m AEST/AEDT, excluding public holidays and ACT public holidays.
  • We cannot offer assistance or support for the following external HREA platforms, ERM, REGIS and Research GEMS. You should contact these providers directly for assistance.


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