As an educational and research institution, Monash recognises its responsibility to the community to ensure all research activities are conducted in accordance with the highest ethical standards and to ensure that staff and students are seen as positive role models amongst their peers and in the wider community.  It is committed to protecting the rights, dignity, health, safety and privacy of the community, including research subjects, and to the welfare of animals and the integrity of the environment.

To maintain such high standards all research involving humans, animals or recombinant DNA technology is formally reviewed by committees.  The Ethics and Compliance team is committed to supporting the University’s research activities by providing expert advice to both researchers and committee members and by providing administrative support to those committees.  This is achieved via continual education of committee members on the content of relevant legislation and developing issues, continual education of the Monash research community about ethical issues relating to research activities and monitoring research activities to ensure awareness of legislative obligations.

Opportunities to contribute to the ethics committees are often available.  If you are interested in serving as a committee member you can express your interest to join here.

To protect the rights, dignity, health, safety and privacy of the community the Ethics and Compliance team are available to the public to receive complaints about Monash’s conduct of research.  Anyone concerned about their participation in research activities conducted by Monash is encouraged to contact the team at