Learn about the regulatory requirements that govern research at the University of Melbourne.
The cornerstone of research integrity at the University of Melbourne is the Research Integrity and Misconduct Policy. This policy prescribes standards of responsible and ethical conduct expected of all persons (academic staff, students, technical and other support staff) engaged in research at the University. The Research Integrity and Misconduct Policy obliges all University researchers to be aware of the ethical framework governing research at the University, and comply with institutional and regulatory requirements.
The Research Ethics and Biorisk Management Policy describes how the University meets its obligations to ethics requirements, the regulation of biological materials, and with export controls and sanctions obligations.
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. Any person with a complaint, concern or question about research conduct at the University of Melbourne can talk to a Research Integrity Advisor. Or, complete this anonymous form.
The primary responsibility of Animal Ethics Committees is to ensure that the use of animals for research and teaching activities at the University is conducted in compliance with the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes. Animal Ethics Committees apply a set of principles that govern the ethical conduct of people whose work involves the use of animals for scientific purposes. The role of the Animal Ethics Committees is to ensure that the use of animals is justified, provides for the welfare of those animals, and incorporates the principles of Replacement, Reduction and Refinement.
The Animal Care and Use Standards Committee developed the Animal Care and Use Standards in response to the current and emerging needs of the research community as well as advances in laboratory animal care. The committee is responsible for identifying, developing and revising the standards. This is achieved by a consultative process that involves input from researchers, teachers, animal carers, animal welfare officers, animal ethics committees, the Animal Welfare and Ethics Committee, the Office of Research Ethics and Integrity and appropriate experts.
Biosafety and gene technology
The University's Institutional Biosafety Committee is called the Gene Technology and Biosafety Committee (GTBC). The GTBC assesses and reviews activities involving:
- genetically modified organisms
- high risk biological material
- high risk infectious microorganisms.
The GTBC inspects and, where appropriate, certifies physical containment facilities. The GTBC reviews risks and issues associated with imported (quarantine) material and provides advice as the Biosecurity Management Committee for the University. As the Security Sensitive Biological Agents Management Committee for the University, the GTBC assesses and approves protocols and risk assessments for work involving SSBAs. It also contributes to the development of policies and procedures.
Human research ethics
All Australian human research ethics committees use the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research as the basis for reviewing and approving human research, and researchers must design their projects in accordance with this document. Committee members use the National Statement to identify common ethical issues and to justify the decisions they make during review.
The University of Melbourne ethics committees only review research submitted by our staff and students. There are no fees.
More information can 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.