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 COVID-19 Offering

Our network remains open. The network is interoperable and can source expertise, technology and data from around the country. Our expert staff are highly qualified and experienced in linkage of patient data, including population-based administrative data (such as hospital admissions, notifiable diseases and death data) as well as linkage of research cohort data. In addition, we provide secure file transfer and secure remote access services. We are able to work with other NCRIS capabilities to deliver coordinated access to national research infrastructure.

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