The Australian community expects research to be conducted responsibly, ethically and with integrity and we play a vital leadership role in maintaining and promoting the responsible conduct of research.
We provide guidance to researchers on responsible research practices and to institutions on how they should respond if concerns are raised that research conduct has fallen short of the expected standard.
The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research
The primary document, the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, 2018 (the Code), complements the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research and the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes 8th edition (2013). Together these three documents provide a framework for the conduct of all research in Australia.
The Code has recently been revised and institutions will be expected to meet the requirements of the 2018 Code no later than 1 July 2019.
Our policy on misconduct
The NHMRC policy on misconduct related to NHMRC funding advises institutions about their responsibilities to notify NHMRC about research integrity matters and describes what actions NHMRC may take. We also provide advice about how to report concerns about research integrity.
The Australian Research Integrity Committee
Together with the Australian Research Council, we provide a review system of institutional processes to respond to allegations of research misconduct– the Australian Research Integrity Committee (ARIC).