Research GEMS user guides

User guides contain step-by-step instructions to help users navigate the Research GEMS system. The user guides are for all users, and are separated by the progress of project applications.

If you have any queries please contact your local research office (PDF 212KB).

For guidance on the latest policies and governance procedures, visit the SA Health research ethics page.

Before you begin...

Each SA Health Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) has different requirements and submission pathways depending on the project specifications. Before you begin an application in Research GEMS it is best to check these requirements with the relevant HREC.

More information is available for:
Department for Health and Wellbeing HREC submissions
Central Adelaide Local Health Network HREC submissions
Southern Adelaide Local Health Network HREC submissions
Women and Children’s Health Network HREC submissions

If you are unsure which HREC to apply to, more information can be found on the SA Health HREC page .

General user guides

Application management (pre-approval)

Project registration



Project management (post-approval)


Approval and authorisation user guides

Heads of Department (HOD)

Chief Executive/ Delegate

HREC members