25 June 2021

The ARC remains committed to the highest standards of integrity in all aspects of research it funds and ARC-funded research must be conducted according to appropriate ethical, legal and professional frameworks, obligations and standards in a research environment underpinned by a culture of integrity.

In order to ensure these expectations are met, the ARC first released the ARC Research Integrity Policy in 2015. The Policy outlines the requirements for institutions, and individuals engaged in ARC business, to report to the ARC research integrity matters, and the action the ARC may take in response to reported breaches of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research 2018 (the Code). It also describes pathways via the ARC through which concerns about potential breaches of the Code can be referred to institutions for investigation.

The ARC Research Integrity Policy is reviewed every two years and in June 2021 the ARC released a revised version that will come into effect from 1 July 2021. The revisions include minor changes which are designed to streamline processes, clarify reporting requirements, and update references within the policy.

Key updates include:

  • a requirement for progress updates from institutions every 6 weeks when a preliminary assessment takes longer than 12 weeks, and every 12 weeks during an investigation (Section 3.1)
  • an additional sentence at Section 6 that the ARC may refer a matter to the relevant institution without express permission of the complainant or parties involved when sufficient evidence has been received to suggest a breach of the Code may have occurred
  • minor clarifications and updates to references and terminology.

The policy and further information relating to the policy is available on the  ARC website.

Please direct any questions about the policy to researchintegrity@arc.gov.au