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.

Get permission to conduct research

You can request approval to conduct research with schools, early childhood services, staff members of the Department, or services we deliver or fund.

Email your application, attachments and checklist to or a hardcopy can be posted to:

Research, Evaluation and Analytics Branch, Performance and Evaluation Division
Department of Education and Training
Level 3, 33 St Andrews Place
GPO Box 4367, Melbourne, 3001.

Approval process

The three stages to the approval process are:

  1. Review of proposal: gain approval to approach school principals or centre directors.
  2. Consent of schools or early childhood settings: gain approval from principals or centre directors to conduct research in their settings.
  3. Consent of participants: gain agreement of children and young people (and where necessary the consent of their parents) and/or staff for participation in the research.

In the first stage, we review applications to assess:

  • benefit and value to the Department, early childhood settings, schools and participants
  • burden and impact on early childhood settings, schools and participants
  • appropriateness of methodology in the early childhood and/or school setting
  • ethical design and conduct of the proposal, which includes issues such as consent, confidentiality, privacy and protection from harm.​

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.

Australian Research Council (ARC) linkage projects

The ARC linkage scheme is a Commonwealth Government initiative designed to encourage research partnerships between university researchers and partner organisations. The partnership must have the capacity to promulgate the findings into policy and practice.

We are a partner organisation well placed to shape the research and disseminate findings across the education system.

To discuss partnership opportunities with us as a partner organisation in your ARC linkage proposal, email

Current ARC linkage projects

We are currently a partner organisation in 16 ARC linkage projects. See a full list of ARC linkage projects (docx - 631.81kb)