Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research
This Code has been jointly developed by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), the Australian Research Council (ARC) and Universities Australia, and has broad relevance across all research disciplines.
The Code also has a companion Guide that provides a framework on how to deal with departures from best practice.
All researchers associated with the University must conduct their research in a manner consistent with the principles & responsibilities outlined in the Code and conduct their research in compliance with other legal or regulatory requirements and any University procedures or guidelines relevant to their field of research.
Compliance with the principles outlined in the Code is a requirement for the receipt of funding from the Australian Research Council and the National Health and Medical Research Council. For funding received from the United States Public Health Services (PHS) compliance with the PHS Policies on Research Misconduct 42CFR Part 93 is also required.
This Code does not incorporate all the laws, regulations, guidelines and other codes of practice that apply to the conduct of research within Australia. For a more comprehensive list, visit the Legal and Risk Compliance website.
Important related documents
Australian Research Integrity Committee
The Australian Research Integrity Committee (ARIC) is jointly established by the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
The ARIC provides a review system of institutional processes to respond to allegations of a breach of the Code. This system is intended to ensure that institutions investigate such allegations and observe proper process in doing so. The ARIC contributes to quality assurance and public confidence regarding the integrity of Australia's research effort.
Specifically, the ARC and the NHMRC jointly administer the ARIC to:
- Review the process by which a nominated institution has managed an allegation of a breach of the Code;
- Provide findings and, where relevant, recommendations to the CEO of the ARC and/or the CEO of the NHMRC; and
- Publish de-identified information on its activities at least annually.
In all matters the ARIC considers whether the institution's response to the allegation of a breach of the code was consistent with the framework outlined in the Guide to Managing & Investigating Potential Breaches of Code and with the institution's policies and procedures for investigating allegations of a breach of the Code.