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Research data policy and the Australian code for the responsible conduct of research


This guide is designed as an introduction to the Code for responsible conduct of research for academic administrators who have responsibility for policy making and/or the provision of research data infrastructure. Others associated with the creation and management of research data may also find it relevant.

The guide covers:

  • What is the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research
  • First steps in responding to the Code
  • Assessing the readiness and capability of the institution (as opposed to the individual researcher) to respond to the Code.
  • The policy response to the Code
  • Key considerations
  • The Strategic Response to the Code

Key messages:

  • The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research provides guidelines for responsible research practice and covers a wide range of topics associated with research including the management of research data and associated materials.
  • Institutions are to retain research data, provide secure data storage, identify ownership, and ensure security and confidentiality of research data
  • Researchers are to retain research data and primary materials, manage storage of research data and primary materials, maintain confidentiality of research data and primary materials
  • In responding to the Code institutions may find it necessary to review all relevant policies to ensure that they align with the Code and with each other in relationship to data and data management
  • Once an appropriate policy framework is in place, there will be a need to develop further strategic institutional responses