December 2020 Research Compliance News

Welcome to the Compliance Team update. We understand the compliance space is complex and are here to help you navigate your way through it. The December edition contains updates, tips and our statistics on turn-around times to help you meet your deadlines.

This year has been one of the most challenging in recent times. Even so, we have seen a consistent number of research applications and requests for assistance throughout the year and that is testament to your dedication to Mater Research. Remember that we are here to help you navigate your way through this complex compliance space. 

Christmas availability and final submission dates

We will continue to have an officer from the Compliance Team in at least one of the offices every day leading up to the Christmas period. Submissions received by the HREC Office and RGO after Friday 18 December will be held for review until the week starting Monday 4 January 2021.

  • The HREC Office will be closed from Friday 25 December and will re-open on Monday 4 January 2021. 
  • The Research Governance Office will be open throughout the Christmas and New Year period, except on the public holidays.
  • The Agreements Office will be closed from Friday 25 December and will re-open on Tuesday 12 January 2021. If you need agreements to commence soon, please contact the office to ensure we can meet your requirements.

Agreements Update

Indemnities for Bellberry ethics approval: Bellberry does not require the Standard Indemnity to be signed by Mater before they issue a HREC approval. They only require the HREC Indemnity to be finalised. This is organised by the Sponsor.

Wet-ink or electronic Signatures: To simplify the signing process, Mater signatures should be applied as wet-ink. Documents for signing should be printed or emailed to the Agreements Officer. 

Good news

Updates, helpful hints and reminders.


Biosafety and Laboratory Animal Compliance

AEC Meeting and internal AEC submissions.


Statistics for HREC, RGO and COVID-19 related research.



Information on recent form updates and hot tips.

Mater Research Compliance
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Raymond Terrace South Brisbane Qld 4101