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Acknowledgement of country

Batchelor Institute would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sovereign people of the lands on which our campuses are located. As we share our knowledge, teaching and learning and engage in research practices within this Institution and/or conduct business with a variety of external agencies and organisations, we must always pay respect to the sovereign status of our hosts. May their Ancestors always be remembered and honoured, their Elders listened to and respected, all members treated with dignity and fairness — in the present and well into the future.

We also acknowledge and pay respect to the knowledge embedded forever with our hosts, custodianship of country and the binding relationship they have with the land. Batchelor Institute extends this acknowledgment and expression of respect to all sovereign custodians — past, present and emerging. By expressing Acknowledgement of Country we encourage all to extend and practice respect to all First Nations people wherever their lands are located.

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It is a condition of use of the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education website that users ensure that any disclosure of the information contained in the website is consistent with the views and sensitivities of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
This includes:
Users are warned that there may be words and descriptions which may be culturally sensitive and which might not normally be used in certain public or community contexts. Terms and annotations, which reflect the author’s attitude or that of the period in which the item was written, may be considered inappropriate today in some circumstances.
Deceased persons
Users of the website should be aware that, in some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities, seeing images of deceased persons in photographs, film and books or hearing them in recordings may cause sadness or distress and in some cases, offend against strongly held cultural prohibitions.
Access conditions
Materials included in this website may be subject to access conditions imposed by Indigenous communities and/or depositors. Users are advised that access to some materials may be subject to these terms and conditions which the Institute is required to maintain
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Research Ethics

Batchelor Institute researchers have a long tradition of meeting the highest possible research integrity standards. Batchelor Institute has established a Research Ethics Advisory Committee which provides advocacy, additional support, guidance and, on ‘low risk’ applications approval for Institute researchers and Higher Degree by Research candidates. This is not a NHMRC registered Human Research Ethics Committee it is a referral body and additional support and advice for candidates.

As an Institute we acknowledge that all research involves degrees of risk for researchers, research collaborators, participants and communities. It is recognised and respected that current codes and guidelines for ethical research conduct in Australia prioritise the protection of First Nations peoples from exploitation and harm. It is also acknowledged that a majority of researchers engaged in First Nations research are non-Indigenous and that ethics application and approval processes are targeted at this population rather than for First Nations researchers.

Please note that all Higher Degree Research candidates in the Graduate School are required to submit to the Ethics Advisory Committee to ensure they obtain the correct ethical clearance for their research award.

The Committee:

  • Reviews and provides feedback on ethical considerations and risks associated with First Nations research projects associated with the Institute
  • Refers to NHMRC registered Human Research Ethics Committees all First Nations research that is more than ‘low risk’. Providing advocacy and additional support to First Nations applicants in order to foster successful HREC approvals
  • Identifies other bodies where approval for a research project may need to be sought
  • Records all ethics applications associated with the Institute including submission, review, notices of conditional and final approval and approvals for variation
  • Provides research approvals for ‘low risk’ First Nations research

The National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) defines “low risk” research as research where the only foreseeable risks are associated with discomfort. Defined as less serious than harm, low risk research may include studies:

  • which do not involve an intervention that could result in harm to participants;
  • which do not involve subjects who are vulnerable;
  • social science questionnaires on non-controversial, non-personal issues and is unidentified;
  • observational studies in public situations which focus on non-sensitive areas;
  • studies where the focus is on the researchers own self and body experiences;
  • and studies of existing de-identified data, documents and records.

Batchelor Institute researchers and HDR candidates can submit to the Committee in a number of ways:

  • Complete the Institutes Research Ethics Advisory Committee Application Form. Researchers and candidates who may be undertaking low risk research as well as those requiring a full Human Research Ethics clearance will be advised as to how to progress their submission for clearance and approval.
  • Complete an Ethics Application form from any of the NHMRC registered Human Research Ethics Committees. This is suited to researchers and HDR candidates who have identified a HREC of choice and who wish to receive additional guidance before submission to enhance clearance and approval success.
  • Submit an approved HREC application for Institute noting and monitoring, including all notices of conditional and final approval and approvals for variation. All Institute based (and/or associated) researchers have a responsibility to provide ethical clearance and approval information to the EAC on all research projects proposed and undertaken.