The guide supports the implementation of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (the Code), which articulates the broad principles and responsibilities that underpin
the responsible conduct of Australian research.
In particular, this guide is intended to assist institutions and researchers to adhere to relevant principles of the Code when they are engaged in collaborative research with other Australian and/or international researchers and research institutions, including:
• Principle 4, ‘Fairness in the treatment of others’, which requires researchers to treat fellow
researchers and others involved in the research fairly and with respect.
• Principle 6, ‘Recognition of the right of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to be
engaged in research that affects or is of particular significance to them’.
• Principle 7, ‘Accountability for the development, undertaking and reporting of research’.
• Principle 8, ‘Promotion of responsible research practices’, which requires researchers to
promote and foster a research culture and environment that supports the responsible
conduct of research.
The Code and this guide apply to all research conducted under the auspices of Australian institutions. These institutions vary in size, maturity, experience, and organisational structure. They range from large and complex universities, to small privately funded institutes. Accordingly, it is acknowledged that different institutional policies and processes are capable of fulfilling the aim of this guide and attempts have been made to ensure that there are appropriate options for flexibility in its application.