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UniSA Framework for the Responsible Conduct of Research

The Framework provides you the researcher with a 'one stop shop' guide or tool to access all information, including policies and procedures, to enable you to be compliant with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research and related University policies, guidelines and relevant legislation.

Purpose of the Framework

The University of South Australia's Framework for the Responsible Conduct of Research (Framework) describes the attributes of responsible research practice. It does so through a series of University policies and policy statements and sets out the standards expected of the University and researchers.

The Framework for the Responsible Conduct of Research is based on the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (Code), developed by the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Australian Research Council, and Universities Australia (2007).


This Framework refers to a set of principles, policies, guidelines and procedures which apply to any person or organization conducting research under the auspices of the University of South Australia (the University), including staff members, students, visiting staff and students and contractors.



(Refer to Section 1 of the Code - PDF file 508kb)

The University is committed to abiding by Section A of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research. Sections 2-8 of the Framework detail the principles of responsible research. A responsible research culture will demonstrate honesty and integrity, respect for human research participants, animals and the environment, good stewardship of public resources used to conduct research, and responsible communication of research results (from the Code Section 1: Introduction - PDF file 508kb).

Research that is conducted with integrity is carried out by researchers with a commitment to searching for knowledge and understanding; following recognised principles of research; conducting research honestly; and disseminating and communicating results, whether favourable or unfavourable, in ways that permit scrutiny and contribute to public knowledge and understanding. (from the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) - Updated December 2013).


The policies upon which this Framework is based have adopted the same definition of 'research' as that adopted by the Code, namely:

Original investigation undertaken to gain knowledge, understanding and insight.


Separate policies related to a specific section of the Code which address the requirements of the Code by outlining the policy principles and procedures to effect the Code's requirements.

Policy statements

Policy statements appear in this Framework in cases where separate standalone policies are not required by the Code.