Ethics & Integrity

The Research & Consultancy Office is responsible for the university's commitment to uphold high professional and ethical standards with respect to human research activity, and the care and use of animals for scientific purposes.

Swinburne Sarawak currently follows Swinburne Melbourne’s ethical conduct of research which is based on the Australian Code for the responsible Conduct of Research.

Human Research Ethics

Human research ethics is concerned with ensuring that research with human participants is conducted in accordance with five core values: integrity, respect for human beings, research merit, justice, and beneficence.

Swinburne staff and students intending to conduct research involving human participants or their data, must apply for ethics approval from the Swinburne University Human Research Ethics Committee (SUHREC). Further details of policies, procedures and forms can be found here.

Swinburne Sarawak has established a local Working Group to support our researchers in getting research with human participants done ethically, and guiding them through the ethics approval process. Enquires can be directed to


Biosafety is emerging as a fundamental part of research in the sciences, and Swinburne Sarawak is dedicated to ensuring the safety of its staff, students and the local community by establishing an institutional biosafety committee. This newly-formed committee is responsible for regulating the appropriate use of any potentially harmful biological agents.

In addition to the formation of this new committee, Ms. Jia Ni Chua has been appointed as Swinburne Sarawak’s biosafety officer. This is to ensure that Swinburne Sarawak will continue to provide a safe working environment for its researchers and staff.

Further details of policies, procedures and forms can be found here.

Animal Research

All projects involving the care and use of live animals or animal tissue must have the approval of the Swinburne Animal Ethics Committee at Swinburne Melbourne prior to commencement. This includes, for example, behavioural studies, wildlife census data collection and the use of fish.

Further details of policies, procedures and forms can be found here.