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NHMRC Policy on Misconduct

Research misconduct

The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research 2007 (the Code) encourages and promotes integrity in research. It is designed for researchers and research institutions. For institutions, it provides a framework for managing breaches of the Code and allegations of research misconduct.

Research misconduct is uncommon. The key is the promotion of responsible research culture within departments, units, centres and institutions. Furthermore, good research culture will encourage people with concerns to raise these concerns early, and to deal with the issues arising in a proactive way. This means that most activity about the promotion of good practice, the prevention of misconduct, and the proper dealing with misconduct, happens at the local level and remedial action to correct the public record, undertake counselling, and any disciplinary actions occur at this level.

It is important to note that NHMRC does not investigate allegations of research misconduct, this is the responsibility of the relevant Research Institute as stated in the Code.

To raise an allegation of research misconduct, please contact

NHMRC Policy on Misconduct

NHMRC recently reviewed the NHMRC Policy on Actions to be Taken in Response to Research Misconduct Involving NHMRC Funding and is proposing to replace it with the NHMRC Policy on Misconduct related to NHMRC Funding (the Draft Policy):

The Draft Policy should be read in connection with clause 16 of the NHMRC Funding Agreement Effective 1 October 2015

Between 17 August 2015 to 11 September 2015, NHMRC Administering Institutions are invited to provide feedback on potential issues relating to the implementation of the Draft Policy.  Feedback can be sent to  As NHMRC intends to finalise the Draft Policy for release with the NHMRC Funding Agreement 1 October 2015, feedback received after 11 September 2015 will not be considered.

NHMRC acknowledges the desirability of alignment between NHMRC and Australian Research Council (ARC) policies.  Simultaneous to the Draft Policy consultation period, NHMRC will be in discussions with ARC regarding this issue.

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Page last updated on 18 August 2015