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Research integrity

The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, 2018 is a joint publication of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), the Australian Research Council (ARC) and Universities Australia (UA). The Code focuses on eight core principles of responsible research conduct:
  1. Integrity
  2. Rigour
  3. Transparency
  4. Fairness
  5. Respect
  6. Recognition
  7. Accountability
  8. Promotion

It represents the core behaviours that characterise responsible conduct of research and outlines the principles everyone undertaking research are expected to uphold at all times. It also has specific responsibilities for institutions and individual researchers. The University has produced a USQ Research Code of Conduct Policy and related procedures to interpret the Code to a USQ context.

Potential breaches of the Research Code are taken seriously and the process for reporting, assessing and investigating breaches is outlines in the University's Research Code of Conduct Management of Potential Breaches Procedure


USQ is committed to creating and maintaining a research culture that enables responsible research conduct and encourages integrity through mentoring, education and clear research policies.

Resources and training

USQ recognises the need for researchers to be informed on issues relating to research integrity and the conduct of responsible research, including research ethics matters. These issues are vital to the future of USQ's research outcomes and success.