Establishment and Purpose of ARIC

The Australian Research Integrity Committee (ARIC) was established by the Australian Government 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 undertakes reviews of institutional processes used to manage and investigate potential breaches of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (the Code). In doing so, the committee contributes to the quality assurance of, and public confidence in, the integrity of Australia’s research effort. The ARIC Framework, which sets out ARIC’s terms of reference and other relevant information, was revised in July 2019 to align it with the provisions of the 2018 Code.

Specifically, ARIC will, following acceptance of a request for review:

  • conduct an independent review of the processes followed by an institution in the management or investigation of a potential breach of the Code to determine whether they were in accordance with the Code and the Investigation Guide and/or with relevant institutional policy and procedures, and
  • develop advice to the relevant CEO on the outcome of the review and, where relevant, on any recommendations for further action by an institution.

In all matters, ARIC considers whether the institution’s response to a potential breach of the Code was consistent with the principles and responsibilities of the Code, the guidance in the Investigation Guide, and the institution’s policies and procedures for investigating potential breaches of the Code.

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:

Australian Research Council
GPO Box 2702
Canberra ACT 2601
Phone: (02) 6287 6701


National Health and Medical Research Council
GPO Box 1421
Canberra ACT 2601
Phone: 1300 064 672

Requesting a review from the ARIC:

A person, group or organisation may request a review by ARIC by completing and submitting an ARIC Request for Review form:

Australian Research Integrity Committee (ARIC) Members:

Mr Ron Brent (Chair)  

Mr Brent has broad experience in administrative law, tribunal processes and the conduct of reviews.  He worked as an in house lawyer with a number of Government departments and then moved to the role of Director of the National Film and Sound Archive for ten years.  Following that role Mr Brent spent seven years as the Deputy Commonwealth Ombudsman and then as the acting Commonwealth Ombudsman (March–September 2010).  More recently Mr Brent was Australia’s first Aircraft Noise Ombudsman (from 2010 to 2017).

Dr Kerry Breen, AM

Dr Breen has served as Chair of the NHMRC Australian Health Ethics Committee (2000–2006) and NHMRC Commissioner of Complaints (2007–2013).  He was Director of the Gastroenterology Department at St Vincent’s Hospital, 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).  From 2006–2014, Dr Breen was a part-time member of the Federal Administrative Appeals Tribunal.  He is the lead author of Good Medical Practice: Professionalism Ethics and Law (4th ed), published in 2016 by the Australian Medical Council.

Ms Julie Hamblin

Julie Hamblin is a consultant in the Health Group of HWL Ebsworth and has more than 25 years’ experience advising the public and private health sectors on health law, medical negligence, clinical risk, medical research, bioethics and public health.  She has expertise in complaint handling from a range of perspectives—as a Tribunal member and through acting both for institutions receiving complaints and for individuals against whom a complaint has been made.

 Ms Hamblin currently serves on the NSW Clinical Ethics Advisory Panel, and has held a number of other Government appointments in the health sector, including the Australian National Council on HIV/AIDS and Related Diseases, and the board of the former Central Sydney Area Health Service.  She has a particular interest and expertise in public health and HIV/AIDS in developing countries, having undertaken consultancy work with the United Nations (UN) Development Program and other UN and non-governmental bodies in more than 20 countries in Asia, the Pacific, Africa and Eastern Europe.  Ms Hamblin currently chairs the Board of Autism Spectrum Australia and is Deputy Chair of Plan International Australia.

Emeritus Professor Sheila Shaver

Professor Shaver has extensive experience in the higher education sector.  She has served as the Deputy Director of the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of New South Wales for 13 years (1990–2003) and Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research) at Western Sydney University for three years (2003–2006). Professor Shaver is a fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and maintains research interests in sociology and social policy.

Professor Janice Reid AC

Professor Reid was Vice-Chancellor of the Western Sydney University from 1998 to 2013. In this capacity she developed a keen practical concern with academic honesty, institutional culture and responses to issues of research integrity.  Professor Reid has also served in governance and policy roles in education, health, cultural and industry programs and organisations in Australia and overseas.  Her own research has focused on cross-cultural health and health care, particularly for Aboriginal and refugee communities.  In 1984 she received the Wellcome Medal of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland.  In January 1998, Professor Reid was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) and in 2003, received an Australian Centenary Medal.  In 2015, she became a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC).

Professor Margaret Otlowski

Professor Otlowski is Dean of the Faculty of Law at University of Tasmania.  She has extensive quasi-judicial experience as member of the Commonwealth Social Security Appeals Tribunal, the Tasmanian Guardianship and Administration Board, and the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Tribunal.  She has served as Chair of the University of Tasmania Social Sciences HREC for more than a decade, as well as member of the Royal Hobart Hospital’s HREC and Clinical Ethics Committee.  Professor Otlowski is an established health law scholar, publishing extensively in the field, and has been engaged by Commonwealth and State governments and agencies as a consultant and member for various committees, including as a member of two NHMRC principal committees (2009–2015)— the Australian Health Ethics Committee and the Human Genetics Advisory Committee.  In 2015, she was made a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law.

Emeritus Professor Alan Lawson

As a consultant and adviser on Research Quality and Research Integrity, Professor Lawson has helped several Australian universities review their Responsible Conduct of Research frameworks. He has also chaired Preliminary Assessments and Investigations (both Internal and External) into complaints and allegations of breaches of research integrity policies and the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research.

Before retirement in early 2014, Professor Lawson held senior roles in the research portfolio at The University of Queensland, including Dean of the Graduate School, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research & International), and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research). From 2010, he was the Designated Person for matters related to Research Misconduct; he led the drafting and implementation of, and training in, the full suite of Responsible Conduct of Research policies; and oversaw the Office of Research Integrity. His research integrity experience includes matters involving multiple (including international) institutions, and researchers not covered by Enterprise Agreements.

He has been a board member of multi-institutional research centres in a variety of fields including: water resources and technologies; microscopy; advanced materials; information technology; medical science; social science; and humanities. He was member of the Defence Export Controls Office Pilots Working Group from 2012–13.

Mr Michael Chilcott

Mr Michael Chilcott has extensive experience in government legal sector. He has an extensive background in the practice of the criminal law, administrative law, public sector employment, tribunals and the conduct of reviews. Mr Chilcott served as the ACT’s Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions (including nine months as the Director), on the ACT’s Sentence Administration Board as its Chair and Deputy Chair, as an Independent Merits Reviewer for the Department of Immigration, the Director of Legal for the Australian Federal Police and other roles in the government sector. More recently, he has been engaged on reviews for government agencies and has been an advisor on public sector employment issues.