- Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research
- National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research
- Values and Ethics: Guidelines for Ethical Conduct in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research
- Guidelines under Section 95 of the Privacy Act 1998
- Guidelines approved under Section 95A of the Privacy Act 1998
- The Australian code of practice for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes
- Guidelines to promote the wellbeing of animals used for scientific purposes: the assessment and alleviation of pain and distress in research
- The Animal Welfare Act (2002)
- ECU Policy for the Conduct of Ethical Human Research
- ECU Policy for the Conduct of Ethical Research and Teaching Involving Animals
Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research
The purpose of the Code is to guide institutions and researchers in responsible research practices. It promotes integrity in research and explains what is expected of researchers by the community.
The Code advocates and describes best practice in research, as well as setting out a framework for handling breaches of the Code. Advice is provided on how to manage research data and materials; how to publish and disseminate research findings (including proper attribution of authorship); obligations in peer review; how to collaborate across institution; and how to manage conflicts of interest.
National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research
The purpose of the National Statement is to promote ethically good human research and to ensure that research participants are accorded the respect and protection that is due to them.
The National Statement is designed to clarify the responsibilities of institutions and researchers for the ethical design, conduct and dissemination of results of human research and review bodies in the ethical review of research.
The National Statement identifies the ethical principles and values that should govern human research. It provides guidance on how research should be designed and conducted so as to conform to those ethical principles and reflect those values.
Values and Ethics: Guidelines for Ethical Conduct in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research
The document contains guidelines for ethical health research on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. In accordance with guidance from Aboriginal people it is written around a framework of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values and principles.
Guidelines Under Section 95 of the Privacy Act 1988
These guidelines have been developed in accordance with section 90 of the NHMRC Act. These new Guidelines set the current standard for the protection of privacy in the conduct of medical research involving human participants in Australia. They provide a framework in which medical research involving personal information obtained by Commonwealth agencies should be conducted, to ensure that such information is protected against unauthorised collection or disclosure
Guidelines approved under Section 95A of the Privacy Act 1988
These guidelines provide a framework to ensure privacy protection of health information that is collected, used or disclosed in the conduct of research and the compilation or analysis of statistics, relevant to public health or public safety, and in the conduct of health service management activities.
Human research ethics committees are required to approve research or statistical activities that involve the collection, use or disclosure of identifying health information, and health service management activities that involve the collection of identifying health information. Approval by an HREC is only required in situations where the activity is to be conducted without consent from the individual concerned. Approval by the HREC may only be given where it is determined that the public interest in the proposed research, statistical or health service management activity substantially outweighs the public interest in the protection of privacy.
The Australian code of practice for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes
The Code encompasses all aspects of the care and use of, or interaction with, animals for scientific purposes in medicine, biology, agriculture, veterinary and other animal sciences, industry and teaching. It includes the use of animals in research, teaching, field trials, product testing, diagnosis, the production of biological products and environmental studies.
The Code provides general principles for the care and use of animals, specifies the responsibilities of investigators, teachers and institutions, and details the terms of reference, membership and operation of institutional AECs. It also provides guidelines for the humane conduct of scientific activities, and for the acquisition of animals and their care, including their environmental needs.
Guidelines to promote the wellbeing of animals used for scientific purposes: the assessment and alleviation of pain and distress in research
The guidelines were developed to promote the wellbeing of animals used for scientific purposes and aim to minimise their experience of pain and distress. They advocate the consideration of an animal's "whole of life" experiences, argue the potential risk to the reliability/validity of research data from unintended pain or distress, and promote the 3Rs (replacement of animal research with other types of research when possible, reduction of the number of animals used in research and refinement of research techniques to minimise pain and distress). They include strategies to identify, minimise and manage pain and distress and a series of fact sheets to provide guidance for researchers.
The Animal Welfare Act
The Animal Welfare Act and the accompanying regulations govern the treatment and welfare of animals in Western Australia. The purpose of the Act is to promote responsible animal care and protection, to provide standards for animal care and use, to protect animals from cruelty and to safeguard the welfare of animals used for scientific purposes.
The Act is administered by the Department of Local Government and Regional Development and institutions that use or supply animals for scientific purposes require a licence from the department. It also is a legal requirement that all animal use is approved by an Animal Ethics Committee.
The following document can also be consulted for further details regarding the implications of the Animal Welfare Act for ECU staff and students:
Animal Welfare Act 2002 - Information for ECU Staff and Students
ECU Policy for the Conduct of Ethical Human Research
This document outlines the policy and procedures for the conduct of ethical research involving human participants at Edith Cowan University. It provides guidance for staff and students in considering the many ethical issues involved in conducting research with human participants.
ECU Policy for the Conduct of Ethical Research and Teaching Involving Animals
This document outlines the policy and procedures for the ethical conduct of research and teaching involving animals at Edith Cowan University. It provides guidance for staff and students in considering the many ethical issues involved in the use of animals for research and teaching.
G&PS Ethics - Edith Cowan University