Below are updates on research involving or being conducted in state schools in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. For research involving state schools elsewhere, please email the Research Ethics and Integrity team at firstname.lastname@example.org, outlining the particulars of your research.
This advice relates only to state schools. In most jurisdictions, research involving Catholic and independent schools is overseen by the local diocese or school principal respectively, and approaches to these schools and the conduct of research is still permitted – providing it complies state and federal government restrictions, as well as ACU’s own restrictions on research.
We’re sending regular email updates to our researchers around the status of research as it evolves with public health advice – so please check your ACU email account often.
The advice below was provided on 30 September 2020.
All research and evaluation activity involving Victorian government schools and Victorian early childhood sites requires approval through the Department of Education and Training’s (DET’s) Research in Schools and Early Childhood settings (RISEC) process.
The move to increased restrictions across Victoria necessitated that DET pause the RISEC process and research and evaluation activity involving schools and early childhood sites. These activities are suspended for the remainder of 2020.
Therefore, the following should not proceed:
- RISEC-approved research and evaluations
- any other contact with schools or early childhood sites, staff or children to conduct, or to recruit for, research and evaluation activity
- RISEC applications and amendment requests.
The Department requests that we carefully consider the need for research involving schools and early childhood sites, and to make use of existing datasets where possible.
The RISEC website will be updated when further information becomes available. Any queries may be directed to email@example.com.
Australian Capital Territory/New South Wales
For both the ACT and NSW, the requirements for research involving, or being conducted in, state schools remain unchanged. Note however that education department requirements are overlaid by the COVID-19 restrictions of the relevant state or territory government, as well as by ACU’s own restrictions on research.
For information on conducting research in the ACT, visit the ACT Education Directorate’s website.
For information on conducting research in NSW, see the NSW SERAP website.
From Term 4, which commenced on Tuesday 6 October 2020, the usual central and regional office appraisal and approval processes for research in state education sites will resume.
In all cases, researchers are requested to:
- comply with directives on the Queensland Health website
- limit imposition on school leaders, staff, students and parents/carers
- consider using remote methods of data collection if possible
- follow any additional instructions from school principals and site managers
- respect the right of school principals and site managers to decline to participate in the research at present.
Research applications are submitted through the Department’s online portal: the Queensland Education Research Inventory (QERI). Please note the processing time for research applications continues to be longer than usual so allow extra time for your application to be processed.