Veterans' Affairs (part of the Defence Portfolio)
On 15 December 2014, the Government announced in the Ministerial Paper Small Government - Towards a Sustainable Future that the DVA Human Research Ethics Committee will be merged into the Australian Defence Human Research Ethics Committee in July 2017.
The Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) Human Research Ethics Committee's primary role is to protect the welfare and rights of veterans and their eligible dependants in all relevant research proposals. The committee considers research proposals from an ethical, moral and social perspective. It considers all research proposals involving a direct approach to members of the veteran community and their eligible dependants during the collection of veterans' personal information, and/or access to and use of DVA data (including data to be used for mail-outs). The committee comprises mainly veterans and former members of the ADF and is constituted in accordance with National Health and Medical Research Council guidelines for human research ethics committees. Membership includes: a chairperson; a layman and a laywoman; two people with knowledge and current experience in areas of relevant research; a doctor; a minister of religion, and a lawyer. The DVA provides two ex-officio members and secretariat support for the committee.

Further information

  • Type of Body

    D. Advisory Body - Policy and Stakeholder Consultation

  • Established By / Under

    Principal Body / Management Board / Senior Executive Officer

  • Paid Members?


  • Max No. of Board/Committee Members


  • Annual Report Prepared and tabled?


  • Classification

    B. Secondary

  • Creation Date

    1 January 1976

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