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Research Integrity

The Australian Research Council is committed to fostering the highest ethical standards in research. Projects approved for funding by the ARC may not begin without appropriate ethical clearances from the relevant committees and/or authorities.

ARC-funded research should comply with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (the Code).

Research involving humans or animals must comply with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) codes.

See also National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007).

The ARC has processes in place for handling research misconduct allegations associated with ARC funding. Further information is available from the ARC’s website.

Australian Research Integrity Committee (ARIC) Members

Establishment and Purpose of ARIC

The Australian Research Integrity Committee (ARIC) opened for business in February 2011.

The ARIC is jointly established by the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

The ARIC provides a review system of institutional processes to respond to allegations of research misconduct. This system is intended to ensure that institutions investigate such allegations and observe proper process in doing so. The ARIC contributes to quality assurance and public confidence regarding the integrity of Australia’s research effort.

ARIC Framework - PDF Format (533KB) - Word Format (170KB)

Specifically, the ARC and the NHMRC jointly administer the ARIC to:

  • Review the process by which a nominated institution has managed an allegation of research misconduct;
  • Provide findings and, where relevant, recommendations to the CEO of the ARC and/or the CEO of the NHMRC; and
  • Publish de-identified information on its activities at least annually.

In all matters the ARIC considers whether the institution’s response to the allegation of research misconduct was consistent with the framework outlined in the Code and with the institution’s policies and procedures for investigating allegations of research misconduct.

ARIC Operations and Support:

The ARIC operates as:

  • ARIC-NHMRC, established under s39 of the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992.
  • ARIC-ARC, established under the executive powers of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the ARC.

Secretariat support for the ARIC comes from the relevant agency.

For further information regarding the ARIC or the ARIC Request for Review, please contact the ARIC Secretariat below:

ARIC-ARC Secretariat [IN CONFIDENCE]
Australian Research Council
GPO Box 2702
Canberra ACT 2601
Email:  aric@arc.gov.au
Phone: (02) 6287 6701

Or

ARIC-NHMRC Secretariat [IN CONFIDENCE]
National Health and Medical Research Council
GPO Box 1421
Canberra ACT 2601
Email: aric@nhmrc.gov.au
Phone: (02) 6217 9333 or 1800 646 726

Requesting a review from the ARIC
:

A person, group or organisation may request that the ARIC review the process undertaken by an institution in relation to research misconduct.

Australian Research Integrity Committee (ARIC) Members:

Four individuals have been appointed to ARIC for a three-year term. The CEOs of both the ARC and NHMRC made the announcement on 11 January 2011. The Chair and members of ARIC are:

Mr Ron Brent (Chair)

Mr Brent has broad experience in administrative law, tribunal processes and the conduct of reviews. He worked as the Deputy Commonwealth Ombudsman for seven years and more recently acted as the Commonwealth Ombudsman (March-September 2010). For 10 years, Mr Brent also worked as the Director of the National Film and Sound Archive. Mr Ron Brent is currently working as the Aviation Noise Ombudsman.

Dr Kerry Breen, AM

Dr Breen is a past Chair of the NHMRC Australian Health Ethics Committee. He is a retired physician specialising in gastroenterology and served as Director of the Gastroenterology Department at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne (1978-1992), where he also held academic, general medical and management positions. He served as President of the Medical Practitioners Board of Victoria (1994-2000) and as President of the Australian Medical Council (1997-2000). He has a special interest in ethical and medico-legal issues relevant to medical practice and medical research.

Emeritus Professor Sheila Shaver

Professor Shaver has extensive experience in the higher education sector. She served as the Deputy Director of the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of New South Wales for 13 years (1990-2003). Professor Shaver subsequently served as the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research) at the University of Western Sydney (2003-2006). Over the past forty years, Professor Shaver has developed research interests in sociology and social policy. In 1997/1998 she was Kerstin Hesselgren Visiting Professor in Sweden and in 1998 was elected as a fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences of Australia.

Ms Julie Hamblin

Ms Hamblin is a partner in the Health Group of HWL Ebsworth Lawyers. She has more than 20 years experience advising the public and private health sectors on health law and policy, medical ethics, medical negligence and professional indemnity. For the past three years, Ms Hamblin has been listed by her peers in the top 500 lawyers in Australia in ‘Best Lawyers in Australia’.

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