Draft Australian Code is open for public consultation
The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2007) (the Australian Code) is currently under review. The Australian Code guides institutions and researchers in responsible research practices by setting the required standards, and provides advice on managing departures from these standards.
The draft code proposes a different approach to that currently in place. Notably, the draft code:
- Is principles based, setting out expectations and obligations for institutions and researchers
- Removes the terminology of ‘research misconduct’ in favour of ‘breach’, noting that breaches of the code can occur along a continuum from minor to extremely serious.
- Is accompanied by 'Better Practice Guides' which provide practical advice about specific aspects of research
For further examples of the extensive differences between the old and new Australian Code, and information on how to provide feedback, see the below link.