Research integrity

The responsible conduct of research includes management of research data and primary materials, supervision of students and research trainees, scientific authorship and dissemination of research findings, peer review, management of conflicts of interest, management of collaborative research, adherence to ethical principles applied to human research, and minimisation of impacts on animals.

Responsible research practice in Australian research institutions is guided by the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research 2018 (The Code) and Singapore Statement (2010).The Code outlines the principles of responsible research practice and obligations of institutions and researchers.

Principles of responsible research conduct as per the Code:

  • Honesty in the development, undertaking and reporting of research
  • Rigour in the development, undertaking and reporting of research
  • Transparency in declaring interests and reporting research methodology, data and findings
  • Fairness in the treatment of others
  • Respect for research participants, the wider community, animals and the environment
  • Recognition of the right of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to be engaged in research that affects or is of particular significance to them
  • Accountability for the development, undertaking and reporting of research
  • Promotion of responsible research practices

Research integrity advisers

Research Integrity Advisors (RIAs) are senior researchers with knowledge of best research practices University policies and management structures. They promote the responsible conduct of research and provide informal advice to staff and students about how to make a complaint regarding concerns about a research conduct issue relevant to the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research 2018 (The Code), the University Code of Conduct and associated University policies.

RIA roles:

  • offer advice about a research conduct concern and matters
  • ensure discussion remains confidential and exercise discretion relating to any concerns or issues raised
  • have a responsibility to report an incident when they deem it to be in the best interest of the University to do so
  • explain the options open to a person considering, making or having made a formal allegation of research misconduct

RIAs do not:

  • become involved in investigating or assessing the merits of any allegation of research misconduct
  • advise on matters where they have a potential, perceived or actual conflict of interest
  • make contact with the person who is the subject of an allegation
  • conduct investigation or assessment of the allegation, including contacting the person who is the subject of that complaint or being involved in any subsequent investigation other than as witness or to provide testimony

List of RIAs

Dr Dan BendrupsGraduate Research
Prof Nick BisleyCollege of Arts, Social Sciences and
Prof Sue MartinCollege of Arts, Social Sciences and
Prof. Mark HulletCollege of Science, Health and
Prof Sheila CrewtherCollege of Science, Health and
Prof Teresa LaconoCollege of Science, Health and

Information and training

Information sessions on research integrity and ethics are available through the Research Education Development (RED) workshop and seminar program. Online training is also available on the Research Integrity and Academic Integrity web page.

Visit La Trobe's Policy Library portal for all policies and procedures relating to research integrity and ethics.

Information regarding biosafety and ethics can be found on the Ethics, Integrity and Biosafety web page.

Research Integrity resources are also available from the NHMRC website.

Further resources can be found on the USA Office of Research Integrity website.

Feedback and complaints

If you wish to provide general feedback or make a complaint on any aspect of research Integrity at La Trobe University, you can:

Contact the Senior Manager, Ethics, Integrity and Biosafety via phone +61 3 9479 1443 or send an email to