Summary and guiding principles

The University subscribes to the principles articulated in the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research jointly developed and issued by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), the Australian Research Council (ARC) and Universities Australia.

The University expects staff, students and visitors engaged in research to:

  • Observe the highest standards of the responsible conduct of research
  • Embrace the highest ethical, professional and scholarly standards in research
  • Demonstrate intellectual honesty
  • Promote a strong research culture
  • Meet responsibilities to the research community and the public
  • Protect the rights, dignity, health, safety and privacy of individual research participants and the wider community
  • Strive to ensure that the benefits of research results are passed to other researchers, professional practitioners and the wider community
  • Emphasise quality and originality
  • Be open to scrutiny and debate of research methods and results.

The management of research data should be consistent with the above principles and expectations. The University recognises the value of data generated through research and the importance of that data to justify, and defend when necessary, the outcomes of research.

The University is committed to:

  • Maintaining the integrity of research data
  • Clarifying standards for secure data retention
  • Optimising the benefits of research through collecting, storing and making research data accessible in such a way that it can be used in future by members of the community
  • Establishing guidelines for retention and disposal of research data and records that accord with legal, statutory, ethical, professional and funding body requirements


For more information about academic conduct please visit the Swinburne Policies and Regulations page.