Conduct research

​​We welcome high-quality proposals for research which are designed to:

  • ​add to our understanding of children and young people
  • evaluate the effectiveness of health, wellbeing and educational programs.

Applications to approach schools and early childhood settings must be suitable and will only be approved where the duty of care to protect students, children and young people is maintained.

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).

Get permission to conduct research

Application documents

To apply, email your application and attachments to 

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.