Visit the JCU Connect website and select an option (i.e. animal, human, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research) under the heading “ethics and integrity”.

Contact Human Ethics Officer, Ext 16575, or

Animal Ethics Officer, Ext 14484,

The ethics office and staff are located at:


JCU Connect, Room 310, Building 142 (The Science Place), James Cook University, Townsville, QLD, 4811.


JCU Connect, Room 102A, Building E2 (Sir Robert Norman Building), James Cook University, Smithfield, QLD, 4878

Human Ethics Approvals

If your project has already received approval from a Health Service District HREC or any external HREC, the JCU HREC will accept the decisions of these committees and release a JCU ethics acknowledgement after a brief internal check of the above documentation.

Visit the web page.

Yes, you do – visit the human ethics web pages for further information.

Animal Welfare and Ethics Approval

Visit the Animal Welfare and Ethics web pages.

You will need ethics approval for observational studies, as you may be disturbing habitats of other species. See guidelines and details.

Yes, there are specific guidelines for euthanasia of different types of animals.

You will need to contact the Manager, Animal Welfare and Research Ethics, request permission and provide certain information on your organisation and planned animal use. This request will then need to be considered by the AEC. If approved, you will need to inform the Queensland Regulator, Biosecurity Queensland, the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. You will need to provide your scientific use number with the animal ethics application and sign a non-affiliated institutional agreement to access the AEC.

If you are affiliated with JCU (i.e. an Adjunct Professor, Research Fellow, a student from another organisation formally supervised by a JCU staff member) you may be able to work under JCU's scientific use registration. You must provide written evidence of the affiliation with the animal ethics application."