QUT is committed to the highest standards of research ethics and integrity. QUT requires all researchers to adopt responsible research practices consistent with national and international codes of research integrity.

OREI resources for staff and students

About the Office of Research Ethics and Integrity

The Office of Research Ethics and Integrity supports researchers by providing education, guidance, process, and advice, to embed a high quality research culture at QUT.

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Research integrity

Our policies, guidance and training are based on principles consistent with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research. They are:

  • honesty in the development, undertaking and reporting of research
  • rigour in the development, undertaking and reporting of research
  • transparency in declaring interests and reporting research methodology, data and findings
  • fairness in the treatment of others
  • respect for research participants, the wider community, animals and the environment
  • recognition of the right of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to be engaged in research that affects or is of particular significance to them
  • accountability for the development, undertaking, and reporting of research
  • promotion of responsible research practices.

Our ethics and biosafety committees

University Human Research Ethics Committee (UHREC)

The UHREC reviews, approves, and monitors QUT human research to ensure that the research is conducted ethically, in compliance with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007 (updated 2018).

University Animal Ethics Committee (UAEC)

The UAEC reviews, approves, and monitors all projects and activities relating to the care and use of animals in research and teaching, in compliance with the Australian code for the care and use of animals for specific purposes.

QUT supports openness and transparency in animal research. More information can be found in the 2021 independent external review of our compliance with the code.

QUT animal ethics external review report (PDF file, 1.9 MB)

University Biosafety Committee (UBC)

The UBC ensures, as far as practicable, that research and teaching activities involving Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and high risk biologicals are conducted in compliance applicable legislation, and under controlled conditions, to ensure that QUT staff and students, the public, and the environment are protected.

Volunteer on a committee

If you are external to QUT and would like to register your interest in serving on one of our ethics committees or biosafety committee, or to request further information, please contact us at orei.enquiries@qut.edu.au


Committee on Publication Ethics

QUT is one of four pilot members of the Committee on Publication Ethics’ (COPE’s) institutional membership initiative. The goal of this collaboration is for publishers and institutions to work together to improve integrity in the publication of research.

Complaints and concerns

We take our ethical obligations and integrity of our research seriously. If you have any complaints or concerns about the conduct of research at QUT, please contact us at orei.enquiries@qut.edu.au

Contact us

Contact us to find out more about research ethics or the ethics approval process. QUT has a broad network of staff members who can help you, including our Office of Research Ethics and Integrity staff, research ethics advisors, and research integrity advisors.

General enquiries: orei.enquiries@qut.edu.au

Human research ethics queries: humanethics@qut.edu.au

Animal ethics queries: animalethics@qut.edu.au

Biosafety queries: biosafetyethics@qut.edu.au

Trade control queries: TradeControlsOREI@qut.edu.au