Reporting a Concern


UQ places the highest importance on upholding the integrity of our research. Researchers have an obligation and a personal responsibility to conduct their research activities in an ethical and professional manner in compliance with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research 2007 (the Code), University policies and all other applicable laws, guidelines and codes of conduct. A failure to meet the principles and responsibilities set out in the Code and/or University policy may constitute a breach or, in serious cases, research misconduct.

Reporting a concern or complaint

Individuals who have a concern about the conduct of research at UQ may wish to speak with a Research Integrity Advisor in the first instance. Formal complaints can be made by:

How complaints are managed

The principles for reporting, managing and investigating complaints are set out in the University’s Research Misconduct Policy and Research Misconduct - Higher Degree by Research Students Policy. The key steps involved in assessing a complaint are:

  1. Receipt of a formal complaint: A complaint will initially be assessed to determine if it relates to research integrity and whether the University has authority or jurisdiction over the matter. It will also be determined whether any urgent action is needed, such as to protect humans, animals or the environment.
  2. Preliminary Enquiry: For matters within the University’s authority a confidential preliminary assessment will be undertaken. At this stage the complaint may be dismissed, resolved (for minor issues/breaches) or referred for investigation.
  3. Preliminary Investigation: A Preliminary Investigation is undertaken to determine if there is a legitimate basis for the complaint. The investigation may culminate in dismissal of the complaint, in a finding of a breach or, in serious cases, of research misconduct. In some circumstances the matter may be investigated further through a Research Misconduct Inquiry.

Additional resources

Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research 2018 – UQ is currently transitioning to the 2018 Code (transition details available here)

ARC Research Integrity and Research Misconduct Policy

NHMRC Policy on Misconduct Related to NHMRC Funding

Australian Research Integrity Committee (ARIC)