Consequences of Breaching Researcher Responsibilities

The consequences of breaching your responsibilities as a researcher will depend on the nature of the breach, the applicable law and your contractual obligations. Action may be taken in respect of one or all of the following: your research conduct; ethical conduct; and legal responsibilities. The types of action which may be taken include:

Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research

National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research

  • Suspension or removal of ethical approval for research project (this may lead to loss of research funding).


  • Depends on the applicable law but in some cases this can result in criminal conviction, jail time or substantial fines.

Other contractual arrangements

  • Depends on the specific contractual arrangements but there can be financial penalties and/or loss of access to data in the future for the individual and/or their institution.