Higher Degrees by Research - information for students
La Trobe University is committed to best practice standards in research. Its researchers and research trainees are required to adhere to the regulatory environment established by University policy which incorporates the relevant parts of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2007) and other state and federal legislation.
The Introduction to La Trobe University Research Compliance Policies and Procedures is an important and helpful resource for any research requiring ethics approval. Also see the University's research integrity web site.
Here are links to the Human Ethics pages and application forms are on the Application Procedures and Reporting page. Both students and staff comply with the ethics procedures and requirement without distinction.
Here is a link to the animal ethics pages. The requirements apply to both students and staff.
If your research involves gene technology you are required to conduct that research within a safe, ethical and environmentally responsible framework in order to meet the needs of the national regulatory schemes and the Australian community. See the Gene Technology web page and the page about the application procedures.
Your safety cannot be assumed and wherever there is a possibility of compromised safety adequate plans are needed. Whether your research involves laboratory work, working with hazardous materials, work with animals, field work, international travel (see the Variations page, Off-Campus Status), meeting with unfamiliar people, or any other potential hazards, you should manage the risks carefully. Wherever safety may be an issue discuss the matter with your supervisor and get familiar will all relevant procedures for your lab, discipline or environment. In some instances insurance may have to be arranged.
Content Approved by: Director, Research Services
Page maintained by: Research Office Web Administrator
Last Updated: 14 September, 2010