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Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research

The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (PDF 508kb, download Adobe Acrobat) states: The meaning of 'research', as used in this Code, is original investigation undertaken to gain knowledge, understanding and insight. It is a broad concept and there is no simple, single way to define research for all disciplines.  Broader definition (also provided on page 2 of the Code).

As a researcher you need to understand and comply with the Australian Code.


About the Australian Code

The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research is one of two key documents* which guide and influence the way research is conducted and managed. Both documents place greater emphasis on institutional responsibilities and accountability in the conduct of ethical research and specify the responsibilities of researchers.

The Australian Code (PDF 508kb, download Adobe Acrobat) clearly specifies what you must do with respect to:

  • managing research data and materials
  • publishing and disseminating research findings (including proper attribution of authorship)
  • obligations in peer review
  • collaboration across institutions
  • managing conflicts of interest; and
  • managing allegations of research misconduct.

See also the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) - Updated December 2013

The University's response to the Australian Code

The Australian Code requires that institutions provide an appropriate research governance framework through which research is assessed for 'quality, safety, privacy, risk management, financial management and accountabilities of those who play a part in research' (Australian Code Section 1.2.1). 

UniSA Governance Framework: managing research integrity, accountability and compliance

In response, the University's Academic Board approved the establishment of an institutional governance framework in March 2008. In doing so, the University has moved from an organic system with input from separate, disconnected ethics and compliance subcommittees to a more formal reporting relationship for these subcommittees, reporting through to Academic Board. This structured and accountable governance framework enables the University to oversee research ethics, integrity and compliance issues and deal with those that require an institutional response.  

RIACC is responsible for implementation of the Australian Code.

UniSA Governance Framework

Link to more information about the committee from the committee name in the diagram.

UniSA Governance Framework - link to more information about the committee from the committee name in the diagram.

 

Approved Academic Board (AB2008/2/28) 28 March 2008

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