This Retention Periods for Records relating to Research Guide provides the minimum legal retention periods for the various classes of records relating to research:
- Research data
- Ethics committee and process records
- Records relating to the ownership of intellectual property
- Records relating to research reporting
- Other records related to the administration of research
It compares where appropriate the retention periods required under the NSW State Records Act 1998 through the NSW State Archives & Records Authority’s General Retention and Disposal Authority ‐ Higher and Further Education Records (GA47) and the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research. Where there is a conflict between retention periods from these authorities the longer retention period is the retention period that should be applied.
This information should be read in conjunction with the UNSW Research Code of Conduct, the UNSW Procedure for Handling Research Material and Data and UNSW guidance on records disposal.