All research that involves human beings and/or animals is subject to ethics approval.  This is done through the ACD Human Research Ethics Committee.

Relevant documents students should refer to are:-

  • Federal and State legislation (such as Privacy Act)

  • Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research, 2007

Applications to the ACD Human Research Ethics Committee will be reviewed by student supervisors and submitted to the Graduate Centre for approval.

The membership of the ACD Human Research Ethics Committee  currently comprises:

  • Rev Dr Vicky Balabanski (Chair)

  • Dr Peter Gunn

  • Rev Prof Andrew Dutney

All research involving human subjects must first obtain ethics approval. This is done through the ACD Human Research Ethics Committee (Ethical Conduct in Human Research policy).

The ACD stipulates that all research is conducted in an ethical manner including research that does not involve people or animals. Where a student conducts unethical research they will be risk being charged with academic misconduct.


Researchers must respect research participants and the environment.


Ethical research is characterised by being free from:

  • Plagiarism: that is, presenting another person’s works or ideas as one’s own. This includes unacknowledged word for word use or paraphrasing of another person’s work.

  • Fraud: this relates to falsifying, fabricating or being dishonest when reporting research results.

  • Misrepresentation: this covers giving false or misleading information in academic matters and includes falsely claiming credit for past study or falsely stating that thesis material has not been used in another thesis.

  • Unethical behaviour: this relates to breaches of accepted ethical standards. It includes failing to follow the terms of an ethical approval to conduct research and misusing confidential information obtained in field education.


Failure to follow research approved by an ethic research committee is a serious misconduct.

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