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Research Data Management: Research Integrity and Ethics

Ethics Approval - before you collect any data

Research Integrity

Check the Research Office information about Research Integrity and Compliance.

Research with Human participants

"Charles Sturt University is required, like all other Australian universities and research organisations, to ensure that all research involving human participants must be conducted in accordance with the National Statement on the Ethical Conduct in Human Research (National Statement)."

Source:Charles Sturt University.(2018) Ethics and Compliance Unit: Human Research Ethics.

Research involving Animals

Researchers have a personal and legal  responsibility for the welfare of animals used in research or scientific projects. Researchers should have the approval of the Charles Sturt Animal Care and Ethics Committee. All animal research need to follow the Australian Code for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes.

All Ethics Approvals

The Charles Sturt University Ethics application and approval process requires all researchers and HDRs to complete and submit an HREA application.

Managing sensitive data

 Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) defines sensitive data as any data that can “be used to identify an individual, species, object, or location that introduces a risk of discrimination, harm, or unwanted attention.” 

The things you may need to consider in regard to sensitive data are:

  • Type of data
  • Gaining consent and ethics approvals
  • Legal requirements
  • Processes that will keep the data confidential
  • Processes that will de-identify the data
  • Storage of the sensitive data
  • Conditions that may be placed upon the access to the data
  • Licensing of the data