Ethics & Integrity

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We provide support and advice so you can manage your research ethically and with integrity.

A commitment to the responsible and ethical conduct of research is fundamental to all research endeavours at the University of Melbourne. It underpins our research relationships with collaborators and partners. And it is supported by robust systems of review and comprehensive education and training programs.

The University’s Office of Research Ethics and Integrity (OREI) provides guidance and systems to support researchers. It plays a vital role in protecting and strengthening the University’s research reputation by:

  • managing research processes and systems that ensure we maintain the highest ethical and integrity standards
  • playing an educative role and assisting researchers with, for example:
    • ethics application guidance
    • conflict of interest advice
    • research best-practice seminars that meet our regulatory and legislative obligations.
    • understanding the application of national frameworks for ethical research and the code for the responsible
    • conducting of research
  • investigating allegations of research misconduct, ensuring the University maintains the highest standards.

Robust and consistent ethical review is a cornerstone of research integrity. It safeguards the rigour and reputation of research conducted at the University of Melbourne. We uphold our ethical obligations for:

  • conducting research with humans and animals
  • responding to public expectations regarding responsible research
  • responding to heightened scrutiny and audit by external regulators.

The University's ethics committees welcome participation from members of the public. If you are interested in joining one of the ethics committees, please email Animal-ethics@unimelb.edu.au or HumanEthics-Enquiries@unimelb.edu.au

Research integrity

The University and its staff and students are bound by the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research. The Code has broad relevance across all research disciplines, guiding institutions and researchers in responsible research practices. Staff in supervisory positions have a responsibility to ensure that staff and students engaged on research projects have the appropriate skills, experience, training, advice and support to conduct quality research, safely and responsibly.

The University takes seriously all concerns, complaints, and allegations, including those that are made anonymously. We ask that allegations be made in good faith, confidentially and without malice. Complainants will, as far as practicable, be kept updated about the process of investigating and responding to their complaints.

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If you have a complaint, concern or question about research conduct at the University of Melbourne, contact the Office of Research Ethics and Integrity.  Or complete the anonymous form below.


Submit a concern or complaint


More information can also be found on the Research Gateway, which is available to all University of Melbourne academic and honorary staff, graduate researchers and professional staff. Please note, to access the Research Gateway, you will need to login with your University of Melbourne username and password.

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