Code of Ethics
Statistics for downloads of the Code of Ethics for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research were not available for the entire reporting period; however, in the first 10 days after the Code was released in October 2020 (replacing Guidelines for Ethical Research in Australian Indigenous Studies (GERAIS)) it was downloaded 623 times.
Ethics clearances through Research Ethics Committee
Ethics clearances far exceeded the target of 20 – by 500%. At the same time there was a decrease in the number of applications requiring resubmission, which reflects an improvement in the quality of applications received. Changes to procedures, committee membership and number of meetings were made to address the increase in demand for AIATSIS ethics review.
AIATSIS collection protocols and standards
Austlang data was downloaded 1,057 times, far exceeding the target of 600. The decrease from the previous year was expected following a high use rate in the first year of its release.
Research – requests for advice
The number of requests for advice significantly exceeded the target – by 423%. Advice includes general research advice and requests for ethics advice; further requests relating to education specific, language specific and native title specific queries; comment on reports and policy documents; academic peer review; and thesis examination. It also includes requests to participate on advisory committees, boards and review panels.
The target of 21 partnerships was exceeded. Partnerships grew by 50% and their value by $14.4 million (20.5%).
Research presentations by staff
Presentations were limited by COVID-19 restrictions on travel and gatherings and impacts on the academic sector. Nevertheless, the total number of publications and presentations exceeded the target. Staff presentations were boosted by opportunities at the AIATSIS Summit and engaging on the new Code of Ethics