Indigenous research - the right way
Ethical and responsible practice is essential in all research that involves or impacts Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people. It helps ensure your research is safe, respectful, and conducted in fair and mutual cultural exchange.
The resources linked below provide information about the principles and protocols you will need to understand and apply before, during, and after your research.
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Principles and guides to ethical Indigenous Australian research
All research that concerns or impacts Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples must comply with the first three documents and any relevant sector specific codes or guides.
National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
NHMRC create pathways to a healthier future through their research funding, health guidelines and the ethical standards they set and uphold.
Indigenous Cultural Intellectual Property (ICIP)
ICIP is an internationally-recognised term for the right of Indigenous peoples to decide how their cultural heritage, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions may be depicted, and who has permission to do this. It is based on the principles of self-determination and free, prior and informed consent.
Rights in Indigenous traditional knowledge and cultural expressions are imperfectly reflected in Australian law, but must be respected. ICP ensures that all participants in research projects are aware of the inclusive nature of Indigenous traditional knowledge and cultural expressions, as well as intellectual property.
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