The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, 2007 (the 2007 Code) guides institutions and researchers in responsible research practices and promotes research integrity. It assists institutions in developing their own employee codes of conduct and procedures for the investigation of allegations of research misconduct by providing a comprehensive framework of acceptable academic standards.
On 14 June 2018, the 2018 Code was released.
The 2007 Code provides a framework for managing breaches of the Code and allegations of research misconduct, managing research data and materials, publishing and disseminating research findings, including proper attribution of authorship, conducting effective peer review and managing conflicts of interest. It also explains the responsibilities and rights of researchers if they witness research misconduct.
Developed jointly by the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Australian Research Council and Universities Australia, the 2007 Code has broad relevance across all research disciplines. It replaces the Joint NHMRC/AVCC Statement and Guidelines on Research Practice (1997).
Compliance with the 2007 Code is a prerequisite for receipt of National Health and Medical Research Council funding.