Go8 guiding principles for implementing the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research

3 Feb 2014
Research code

Group of Eight (Go8) universities are committed to the pursuit of the highest quality research, research training and teaching.

We recognise that unless research is seen publicly to be conducted in accordance with the highest standards of integrity and ethics, then the endeavour of research itself is threatened, and public confidence eroded.

Go8 universities recognise that they have responsibilities not only to train and mentor staff and students about sound research practice, but to monitor and report research practice, and to make it clear to staff, students and collaborators that poor research practice is a serious matter that will not be tolerated.

All Go8 universities are committed to having in place broadly consistent, transparent, fair and robust mechanisms for receiving and investigating allegations of research misconduct, and for reporting and punishing cases where research misconduct is found to have occurred.

The release of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (the Code) has been a valuable exercise. It has encouraged Australian universities to look closely at how they promote and assure sound practice among their staff and students, and in particular at how to strengthen their processes for handling allegations of research misconduct made against employed staff.

The development of this consultation paper has been overseen by Go8 Deputy-Vice Chancellors (Research).