From 1 January 2022, the Queensland Department of Education (DoE) introduced new criteria for accepting external research applications. The following types of research applications will be accepted for departmental review via
Queensland Education Research Inventory (QERI):
- single-school, non-sensitive applications – approved at the discretion of the relevant school principal
- multi-school, non-sensitive applications for schools within a single education
region – approved at the discretion of the relevant regional director
- central applications that:
- do not substantially duplicate previously approved research, except where this is specifically for the purpose of testing previous research outcomes
- demonstrate strong alignment with DoE
priority research questions and/or
- represent a significant project with support from a funding grant/body, other government agency or key stakeholder.
In addition, due to the ongoing response to COVID-19, we respectfully request that researchers regularly check the department's
state school operations information page for the most up-to-date information about accessing departmental sites.
Applications are processed through
Queensland Education Research Inventory (QERI).
If you're a first-time user of QERI, you'll need to start by creating an account. When you log in, you'll be asked some questions about your proposed research, to assess whether you need to submit a research application.
How to submit an application
To submit an application please visit the QERI website and follow the instructions.
How long does it take for research to be approved?
Research applications take a minimum of 12 weeks to process. This may seem a long time, but we receive many applications, each of which needs to go through several stages before it can be approved. If you'd like to know what stage your application is up to, you'll find its 'status' displayed next to the application in QERI.
How to submit a national application
All jurisdictions across Australia welcome research in schools that is of high quality and consistent with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research.
Each state and territory assesses research applications according to broadly similar criteria, balancing likely benefits and feasibility against likely costs and ethical requirements.
If you want to conduct research in more than 1 state or territory, complete a single
National application form and apply separately to each jurisdiction.
The websites, email addresses and contact details for each jurisdiction are in the
National application form guidelines (PDF, 139KB) as well as the working with children checks and insurance coverage requirements in each state and territory.
Still have questions?
If you still have questions about the application process, you might find answers on the FAQs page or contact us.
Phone: (07) 3034 5929