Conduct research

To help support schools and early childhood services during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we have paused the Research in Schools and Early Childhood settings (RISEC) process. This will help these services support their children, students and families during this challenging time.

Please note that:

  • Researchers, including those with RISEC approval, should not contact schools, early childhood staff or children to start, continue, or recruit for research and evaluation activity.
  • We will not accept new RISEC applications or requests to amend existing RISEC approvals.

Our advice is that all research and evaluation activity involving early childhood sites and Victorian government schools is to stop for the remainder of 2020.

This webpage will be updated once further information becomes available.

Any queries may be directed to the Strategic Research Unit at

Apply to conduct research

New applications to conduct research in schools and early childhood settings will not be accepted for the remainder of 2020.

To apply, email your application form (docx - 516.14kb) and attachments to 

Research applications must be:

  • complete (all parts of the application have been attended to and all attachments are included)
  • grammatically correct
  • written in plain English
  • approved by, or be seeking approval by, a Human Research Ethics Committee (where appropriate)
  • approved by the research supervisor (where relevant).

We will not approve research that:

  • uses opt-out approaches for participant recruitment or incentivised participation
  • uses significantly invasive techniques
  • is undertaken for commercial or material gain
  • is not directly relevant to schools or early childhood settings (i.e. focuses on these settings to gain access to school age and early years cohorts).

Application tiers

Research applications are classified and processed in one of two tiers, depending on the nature and scale of the proposed research:

  • Tier One comprises lower risk research. These applications may be subject to more streamlined assessment processes and may be processed more quickly.
  • Tier Two comprises higher risk research. These applications typically require additional review processes and as a result may take a little longer to assess.

For more information see the guidelines for conducting research in Victorian government schools and early childhood settings:

Working with children check

Anyone who engages in child-related work must hold a Working with Children Check Card.

You must include a scanned copy of the Working with Children Check Card for all researchers who will have direct contact with children. Direct contact includes oral, written or electronic communication as well as face-to-face and physical contact.

See the Working with Children Check website to apply for a card.