Legislation, codes and policy relevant to human ethics
On this page:
- National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research
- Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research
- Ethical Guidelines on the use of Assisted Reproductive Technology in Clinical Practice and Research 2007
Child protection legislation and criminal records check
If the participants include children (defined by statute for this purpose as anyone under 18) the relevant child protection forms must be lodged.
- Mandatory reporting of child abuse
- New South Wales Commission for Children and Young People
- Working with children declaration forms
The process for applying for a new Working With Children Check is as follows:
STEP 1 - Fill in an online form at www.newcheck.kids.nsw.gov.au. Once you have submitted the form, you will receive an application number. This application number cannot be used for online verification until STEP 2 is completed.
STEP 2 – You must take your application number and proof of your identity to a NSW motor registry or NSW Council Agency. Proof of identity for the Working With Children Check is the same as for a NSW driver’s licence. If you are in paid work, you must also pay an $80 fee for a five year clearance. The application number can now be used in the online verification process, pending the final outcome of the Working With Children Check application. (Note: applications from students/volunteers are free of charge).
You will be advised of the final outcome of your check by email within a few days of lodging the application.
SERAP - Please advise SERAP (in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org ) of your SERAP number, full name, date of birth and Working With Children Check application number.
- Privacy Act 1988
- Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002
- Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998
- Workplace Surveillance Act 2005 (Word doc)
- Guidelines under section 95 of the Privacy Act 1988
- Guidelines approved under Section 95A of the Privacy Act 1988
- Guidelines approved under Section 95AA of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth)
State and Federal laws concerning the taping of telephone conversations
If researchers plan on recording telephone interviews, they should refer to the State and Federal Laws concerning the taping of telephone conversations.