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Archiving and storage

Research project documentation should be maintained as specified in the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research 2007 (Part A, Section 2.1) as indicated below:

  • For short-term research projects, that are for assessment purposes only (e.g. research projects completed by students), retention of research data for 12 months after completion of the project may be sufficient.
  • For clinical trials, data should be retained for a minimum of 15 years for adult studies or 25 years for paediatric studies.
  • For areas such as gene therapy, research data must be retained permanently (e.g. patient records).
  • Student led or observational studies are to be retained for 7 years plus 2 year after publication.
  • If the work has community or heritage value, research data should be kept permanently, preferably within a national collection.
Last updated 18 May 2018
Last reviewed 17 May 2018