The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (the Code) is a statement of principles aimed to guide institutions and researchers in responsible research practices and the promotion of research integrity. Developed jointly by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), the Australian Research Council (ARC) and Universities Australia, the 2018 Code has broad relevance across all research disciplines.
Knowledge of the principles outlined in the Code is essential for both the conduct and support of research. From a compliance perspective, all institutions in receipt of NHMRC and ARC funding are required to demonstrate adherence to the principles of the Code. This has led to an acceptance of the Code across the University sector and therefore has come to represent best practice in research.
The 2018 Code identifies the following principles as the hallmarks of responsible research conduct:
- P1 Honesty in the development, undertaking and reporting of research
- P2 Rigour in the development, undertaking and reporting of research
- P3 Transparency in declaring interests and reporting research methodology, data and findings
- P4 Fairness in the treatment of others
- P5 Respect for research participants, the wider community, animals and the environment
- P6 Recognition of the right of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to be engaged in research that affects or is of particular significance to them
- P7 Accountability for the development, undertaking and reporting of research
- P8 Promotion of responsible research practices