JCU Connect Ethics & Integrity

Ethics & Integrity

JCU recognises the significant role played by animals in the progression of human knowledge. JCU uses animals only when their use is justified and when no alternatives are available.

Activities involving animals must only be conducted in in line with university policy, compliance with relevant legislation and after approval by the University’s Animal Ethics Committee (AEC). Such approvals are only issued if the potential benefits of the work are likely to outweigh the effects on the animals concerned.

The University upholds the principles of reduction, refinement and replacement. Ethical use, appropriate care and respect for animals involved are central to the University’s policy and procedure framework.

Find out more about Animal Welfare and Ethics at JCU

Human research is conducted with or about people, or their data or tissue.

Human participation in research is therefore to be understood broadly to include the involvement of human beings through:

  • Taking part in surveys, interviews or focus groups;
  • Undergoing psychological, physiological or medical testing or treatment;
  • Being observed by researchers;
  • Researchers having access to their personal documents or other materials;
  • The collection and use of body organs, tissues or fluids (e.g skin, blood, urine, saliva, hair, bones, tumour and other biopsy specimens) or their exhaled breath;
  • Access to their information (in individually identifiable, re-identifiable or non-identifiable form) as part of an existing or published or unpublished source or database.

Find out more about Human Ethics at JCU

An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Ethics Application must be submitted if the research project:

  • Involves or will be conducted in an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community;
  • If the target participants of the study are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples;
  • If the recruitment population of the study is likely to include a significant number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, i.e. health population studies, certain school populations.

Find out more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Ethics

A clinical trial is a form of human research designed to find out the effects of an intervention, including a treatment or diagnostic procedure. A clinical trial can involve testing a drug, a surgical procedure, other therapeutic procedures and devices, a preventive procedure, or a diagnostic device or procedure National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research, 2007Chapter 3.3., Introduction.

Find out more about Clinical Trials

The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research guides institutions and researchers in responsible research practices. The code promotes integrity in research for researchers and shows how to:

  • Manage breaches of the Code and allegations of research misconduct
  • Manage research data and materials
  • Publish and disseminate research findings, including proper attribution of authorship
  • Conduct effective peer review
  • Manage conflicts of interest

It also explains the responsibilities and rights of researchers if they witness research misconduct.

Find out more about the Research Code of Conduct

Biodiscovery involves collecting samples of native biological materials (e.g. plants, animals and other organisms) to test for compounds that may have commercial applications (e.g. pharmaceuticals and insecticides).

In Queensland, biodiscovery activities conducted on state land or waters are regulated under the Biodiscovery Act 2004 and are managed in a manner consistent with Australia's international obligations under the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Find out more about Biodiscovery

The Australian Government has imposed export controls on defence and strategic goods and technologies in support of international efforts to stem the proliferation of conventional, chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons and the systems that deliver them.  The primary body managing these controls is the Defence Export Control Office (DECO).

Find out more about Defence Trade Controls

The main office for Research Services can be found in Townsville - The Science Place Building 142, room 310. Click here for a map of the campus. We are on the third floor - ring the office number to be admitted.

Townsville Office Phone: (07) 478 15011; Office Emailresearchoffice@jcu.edu.au

In Cairns, Research Services is in the Sir Robert Norman Building E2, Room 102CClick here for a map of the campus.
Cairns Office Phone: (07) 423 21752

Find out more information about Research Services