Managing your research data

A focus on research of an international quality and the fostering of an outstanding research culture have positioned UWA as one of the best universities in Australia and in the top 150 in the world.

Human Ethics Resources

Policies And Advisory Notes

Your management plan for research-derived data should include appropriate consideration of and responsibility for secure data storage, access, use, retention and disposal.

Additional University policies

The University Policy on the Code of Conduct for the Responsible Practice of Research

The broad principles that guide research have long been established.  Central to these are the maintenance of high ethical standards, and validity and accuracy in the collection and reporting of research data.This policy provides a framework for sound research practice and for the protection of individual research workers, including staff and postgraduate research students, as well as contracted agents, from possible misunderstandings.

Familiarity with this policy is key to understanding your responsibilities for secure data storage, access, use, retention and disposal.

Other important areas covering the management of Research Data include:

Retention of Research Data

Disposal of Research Data

In all cases researchers must first obtain authorisation from the University Archivist before research data can be destroyed.  

Please refer to the Research Data Management Toolkit – Retention and Disposal tab for information about responsibilities of researchers in regard to the disposal of data including how to obtain authorisation and accepted disposal methods.

For further advice and assistance regarding Retention and Disposal of research data please contact Information Governance Services.

Responsibilities for Data Storage

For further guidance on the services available for the storage of research data, please refer to the Research Data Management Toolkit maintained by Information Services. The Toolkit includes contact details for Information Services staff who can provide expertise and advice

Confidentiality Agreements

The University of Western Australia's Confidentiality Agreement (Evaluation Purposes) has been developed to protect confidential information belonging to the University, or to pass on obligations of confidence to others in relation to confidential information received by the University.