Ethics & Integrity

The School of Research is responsible for the university's commitment to uphold high professional and ethical standards with respect to human research activity, and the care and use of animals for scientific purposes.

Swinburne Sarawak currently follows Swinburne Melbourne’s ethical conduct of research which is based on the Australian Code for the responsible Conduct of Research.

Human Research Ethics

Swinburne Sarawak's staff and students intending to conduct research involving human participants or their data, must apply for ethics approval from the Swinburne University Human Research Ethics Committee (SUHREC).

As of February 01 2019, low risk applications for research predominantly being conducted at or by researchers at the Sarawak Campus undergo ethical review by the Sarawak-based Swinburne Human Ethics Subcommittee (Sarawak-SHESC).

All human ethics applications must now be lodged online using Swinburne Ethics Review Management (ERM) using the following steps. For detailed instructions see the ERM Human Ethics Applicant Guide. Details of ethics-related policies and procedures can be found on our Swinburne University of Technology's Melbourne campus' web site.

Please note that for Sarawak based research, all policies, guidelines and processes are the same as in Melbourne, and all applications are to be completed online in Ethics Review Manager.

  1. Application & Review (Sarawak)
    • Application is reviewed by SHESC-Sarawak
    • Applications will be reviewed within 7 working days of the submission deadline
  2. Comunication of Decision (Melbourne)
    • SHESC-Sarawak Chair povides report to Swinburne Research's (Melbourne) central ethics office (within 2 working days of the review meeting)
    • Swinburne Research's central ethics office will communicate SHESC-Sarawak's decision to applicants (normally within 2 working days of receipt from SHESC-Sarawak)
    • Responses or clarifications from applicant should be communicated by reply (to
  3. Modifications & Final Reports (Melbourne)
    • Any Final Reports and any applications for Modifications and/or Extensions should be submitted via the ERM


SHESC-Sarawak Membership

Chair: Dr. Bertha Chin (Faculty of Business, Design & Arts)
Members: Assoc. Prof Lau Bee Theng (Faculty of Engineering, Computing & Science)
  Dr. Irine Ginjom (Faculty of Engineering, Computing & Science)
  Dr. Hwang Siaw San (Faculty of Engineering, Computing & Science)
  Mr. James Loi (School of Foundation Studies)
  Dr. Heidi Collins (School of Research)


Ethics Advisors

For advice on Ethics Applications, please consult with one of the following Ethics Advisors:

  • Dr. Bertha Chin (FBDA)
  • Dr. Daniel Tan (FECS)
  • Dr. Hwang Siaw San (FECS)
  • Mr. James Loi (FBDA)
  • Dr. Heidi Collins (SoR)


Biosafety is emerging as a fundamental part of research in the sciences, and Swinburne Sarawak is dedicated to ensuring the safety of its staff, students and the local community by establishing an institutional biosafety committee. This newly-formed committee is responsible for regulating the appropriate use of any potentially harmful biological agents.

In addition to the formation of this new committee, Ms. Jia Ni Chua has been appointed as Swinburne Sarawak’s biosafety officer. This is to ensure that Swinburne Sarawak will continue to provide a safe working environment for its researchers and staff.

Further details of policies, procedures and forms can be found here.

Animal Research

All projects involving the care and use of live animals or animal tissue must have the approval of the Swinburne Animal Ethics Committee at Swinburne Melbourne prior to commencement. This includes, for example, behavioural studies, wildlife census data collection and the use of fish.

Further details of policies, procedures and forms can be found here.