Research Integrity Requirements

It is the Principal Investigator’s responsibility to obtain approvals from the appropriate University committees or State or Commonwealth authorities prior to the commencement of the research.

All Deakin researchers must comply with the Deakin Research Conduct Policy and undergo Research Integrity Training.

The following checklist can be used by researchers to see what approvals are required to be obtained to meet their Research Integrity requirements.


Will your research involve the use of live animals (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, adult decapod crustaceans, or adult cephalopods (y/n)

If yes, animal research will be conducted at:

Deakin University

  1. Obtain Deakin AEC approval. Refer to the animal ethics website

External Institution

  1. Obtain external institution AEC approval
  2. Notify Deakin AEC via ‘notification to work on external project’ form

International country with animal ethics approval process

  1. Contact Deakin Animal Ethics Office for assistance with international processes
  2. Obtain international AEC approval and ensure the project complies with the governing principles of the Code, provided that such compliance does not breach relevant local legislation
  3. Notify Deakin AEC via ‘notification to work on external project’ form

Will your research involve human participants or their data or tissue in activities such as, surveys, interviews, focus groups, psychological, physiological or medical testing or treatment, covert or overt observation, access to personal documents or other materials, the collection and use of body organs, tissues or fluids, access to their information (in individually identifiable, re-identifiable, or non-identifiable form) as part of a published or unpublished source or database, etcetera? (y/n)

If yes, human research will be conducted at:

Deakin University

Obtain Deakin HREC approval. Refer to human ethics website

International country (other than Australia)

Obtain Deakin HREC approval and fulfil international requirements. Refer to human ethics website

Will your research involve the handling of any microorganisms, biological toxins, live animals (vertebrate and invertebrates), whole plants, material or samples of human animal or plant origin, Environmental (e.g. soil, water) and food samples or biological molecules (DNA, proteins) in a research facility and / or in the field?

If yes, research will be conducted at:

Deakin University

  1. Complete biosafety training
  2. Complete a work safety assessment and submit to the Laboratory Manager of the relevant Deakin School/Area.
  3. Submit the biological supplement of work safety assessment to the  Deakin Biosafety and Biosecurity Officer if working with following organisms / material:
  • Known risk group 2 microorganisms
  • Whole organisms (e.g. animals, plants etc) or samples (e.g. human / animal / plant material, environmental samples) that are suspected of carrying risk group 2 or higher microorganisms
  • Any material of human origin including human cell lines

External Institution

  1. Complete biosafety training if needed.
  2. Complete a work safety assessment and risk assessment documentation that complies with the external institution requirements and provide copies of these documents to the Laboratory Manager of the relevant Deakin School/Area.
  3. Submit the biological supplement of the work safety assessment and external risk assessment documentation to the Deakin Biosafety and Biosecurity Officer if working with following organisms / material:
  • Known risk group 2 or higher microorganisms
  • Whole organisms (e.g. animals, plants etc) or samples (e.g. human / animal / plant material, environmental samples) that are suspected of carrying risk group 2 or higher microorganisms
  • Any material of human origin including human cell lines

International country (other than Australia)

  1. Complete biosafety training if needed.
  2. Complete a work safety assessment and the risk assessment documentation that complies with the international country requirements and provide copies of these documents to the Laboratory Manager of the relevant Deakin School/Area.
  3. Submit the biological supplement of the work safety assessment and external risk assessment documentation to the  Deakin Biosafety and Biosecurity Officer if working with following organisms / material:
  • Known risk group 2 or higher microorganisms
  • Whole organisms (e.g. animals, plants etc) or samples (e.g. human / animal / plant material, environmental samples) that are suspected of carrying risk group 2 or higher microorganisms
  • Any material of human origin including human cell lines

Will your research involve gene technology work and / or the use of genetically modified organisms or material?

If yes, research will be conducted at:

Deakin University

Obtain Laboratory and Biosafety Committee (LBC) approval. Refer to the biosafety and biosecurity website

External Institution

Obtain Deakin Laboratory and Biosafety Committee (LBC) approval. Refer to the biosafety and biosecurity website

International country (other than Australia)

  1. Obtain approval in accordance with international country requirements.
  2. Complete risk assessment documentation that complies with the international requirements.

Provide copies of these documentation to:

  • Deakin Laboratory and Biosafety Committee (LBC) through Deakin Biosafety and
  • Laboratory Manager of the relevant Deakin School/Area

Will your research involve the importation of organisms or biological material under biosecurity (quarantine) control?

If yes, research will be conducted at:

Deakin University

Contact the Laboratory Manager of the relevant Deakin School/Area to complete the necessary steps of the importation process including applying for import permit if required.

Note: Refer to the Australian Government's Biosecurity import conditions database, BICON to find out the import conditions that apply in Australia.

External Institution

Contact the Laboratory Manager of the relevant Deakin School/Area as well as the responsible person/s at the external institution to complete the necessary steps of the importation process including applying for import permit if required.

Note: Refer to the Australian Government's Biosecurity import conditions database, BICON to find out the import conditions that apply in Australia.

International country (other than Australia)

Obtain the necessary approvals / permits in accordance with international country requirements and provide copies to the Laboratory Manager of the relevant Deakin School/Area.

If yes, research will be conducted at:

Deakin University

As the requirements vary, please contact the Deakin biosafety and biosecurity officer to discuss the proposed work in more detail.

External Institution

Obtain approval in accordance with the external institution requirements and provide copies of documentation to:

  • Deakin Biosafety and Biosecurity Officer and
  • Laboratory Manager of the relevant Deakin School/Area
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