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Human research policy and legislation

Ethical conduct of research activities that involves human participants is governed by guidelines contained in legislation and policies.

National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research

This Code guides institutions and researchers in responsible research practices. It promotes integrity in research and explains what is expected of researchers by the community.

The Code advocates and describes best practice in research, as well as setting out a framework for handling breaches. Advice is provided on how to manage research data and materials; how to publish and disseminate research findings (including proper attribution of authorship); obligations in peer review; how to collaborate across institutions; and how to manage conflicts of interest.

National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007 (updated 2018)

The National Statement promotes ethically good human research and ensures that research participants are accorded the respect and protection that is due to them.  The Statement is designed to clarify the responsibilities of:

  • institutions and researchers for the ethical design, conduct and dissemination of results of human research; and
  • review bodies in the ethical review of research.

Values and Ethics: Guidelines for Ethical Conduct in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research

This document contains guidelines for ethical health research on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and is written around a framework of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values and principles.

Guidelines under Section 95 of the Privacy Act 1988

These guidelines set the current standard for the protection of privacy in the conduct of medical research involving human participants in Australia.

Guidelines approved under Section 95A of the Privacy Act 1988

These guidelines provide a framework to ensure privacy protection of health information that is collected, used or disclosed in the conduct of research and the compilation or analysis of statistics, relevant to public health or public safety, and in the conduct of health service management activities.

ECU policy

Conduct of Ethical Human Research Policy
This document outlines the policy and procedures for the conduct of ethical research involving human participants at ECU and provides guidance for staff and students.

Responsible Research Conduct

The joint NHMRC/ARC/Universities Australia Australian code for the responsible conduct of research (Australian Government, 2007) ("the Code") is used by universities as the standard for the responsible conduct of research in Australia.  It requires all institutions receiving funding from the ARC or the NHMRC to support the maintenance of high standards of research conduct consistent with the Code.

Research Misconduct

This policy establishes a framework for dealing with breaches of the Australian code for the responsible conduct of research (Australian Government, 2007) (the Code) and research misconduct, and the appropriate action in the event of an allegation of a breach of the Code or research misconduct.

Access to Information relating to ECU staff and/or students for research purposes

To assist the University in the administration and management of requests to access information relating to the University’s staff and/or students for research purposes.

Research Data Management

This policy aims to ensure that research data is stored, retained, made accessible for use and reuse, and/or disposed of according to legal, statutory, ethical and funding bodies requirements (compliance obligations).

Researchers have responsibilities for data storage, access, use, retention and disposal. Research data at ECU must be retained in accordance with the ECU Research Data Management policy and the Western Australian University Sector Disposal Authority (WAUSDA).

For more information, please see the following pages:

Further advice on the disposal of records is available from Information Management & Archives Services (IMAS).

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