Research Integrity

Swinburne University of Technology is committed to ensuring that all research is conducted responsibly with honesty, integrity and respect for human research participants, animals and the environment. 
The revised Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (the 2018 Code) has been released.

The 2018 Code specifies eight principles of responsible research and 29 key responsibilities for researchers and institutions. The accompanying Guide (for managing and investigating potential breaches) describes, in detail, processes for managing and investigating potential breaches of the 2018 Code. In addition to the Guide, the 2018 Code will be supported by a number of other supplementary guidance documents soon to be released. The documents will support implementation of the principles and responsibilities in the 2018 Code and will establish a framework for research integrity and quality in Australia.

The Research Ethics and Integrity team will be sending around communications about what the new and substantially revised code involves and what this means for Swinburne researchers. In the mean-time, please use the link below to access the new 2018 Code, so can familiarise yourself with this important document.

What does this mean for me?

If you are research active or support research staff and students you will need to be across these changes.  The new 2018 Code, like the previous one, outlines good research practices that must be undertaken by our researchers. It is a principles-based document covering topics such as honesty, fairness, transparency, respect and accountability.

The Research Ethics and Integrity team will be sending around information about the new code along with practical guidelines and tips on how this will apply to you and your research. We will also be running a series of information sessions across campuses to take you through these changes.  If you would like more information or for one of the team to come and speak to you and your research team about the new code please get in touch at or call Ann Gaeth, Research Integrity Coordinator, on 9214 8356

The Swinburne Conduct of Research Guidelines and Research Misconduct Guidelines is our application of the Australian Code (2007) and applies to all those that conduct research at Swinburne. These guidelines remain in use until the appropriate consultation and revisions are completed. 

Codes of conduct for research at Swinburne

Advisers in Research Integrity

Research Integrity Advisers (RIAs), appointed by the DVC(R & D), are available to provide confidential advice on conformity to and implementation of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research and Swinburne's Conduct of Research Policy. This includes advising any person unsure about possible breaches or allegations of research misconduct. The adviser's role does not extend to investigation or assessment of the allegation, nor are they involved in any subsequent inquiry.

Research Integrity Advisers

Prof Peter Hannaford 
Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology
t+61 3 9214 5164

Dr. Carolyn Barnes 
Faculty of Health, Arts and Design 
t+61 3 9214 6579

Prof Thomas Spurling 
Faculty of Business and Law
t+61 3 9214 5833

Please note: for guidance as to discipline-related details, such as data management, safety, ethics clearance application and so on, the Faculty/Unit research advisers should be contacted.

Concerns and complaints

If you are concerned about a researcher not conducting research responsibly and in accordance with the Australian Code or the Swinburne Research Conduct Guidelines, please contact:

Research Integrity Coordinator
Swinburne Research (H68)
Swinburne University of Technology
PO Box 218
Hawthorn VIC 3122
t: +61 3 9214 8356