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.
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PHRN is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and has taken steps to mitigate the risk of transmission to our staff. In line with advice on social distancing, all staff at PHRN program office have moved to work from home. Staff are currently all working in line with our usual work patterns and our landline numbers are being diverted to staff at home, so will either be answered, or it will be possible to leave a voicemail. Please bear with us as we move to this new way of working. We will be participating in any meetings we need to attend remotely via Zoom. We are reviewing our work plans in light of the current situation and will make changes as required to ensure we are serving our network, researchers and community in this changing situation.

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WA Department of Health is seeking to establish a contract for the provision of an expert resource which will provide consultation to the Department of Health and the Department of Jobs, Tourism and Industry on a joint initiative. The ‘Strategic Linkage Advisor’, will provide strategic linkage advice, research, analysis, stakeholder management and inter-governmental coordination on matters relating to data linkage.