Medical Research Guidelines - Australian Government


You may be required to comply with these guidelines if you intend to collect, use or disclose health information for the purpose of research, or compilation of statistics, relevant to public health or safety; or the management, funding or monitoring of a health service.

These guidelines are designed to protect the privacy of individuals in the conduct of medical research and must be used in conjunction with the Australian Privacy Principles and the Privacy Act.

The guidelines only apply in certain circumstances, such as where it is impracticable to seek consent from the individual involved for the organisation to collect, use or disclose their health information, and also that de-identified information will not achieve the purpose of the research or compilation or analysis of statistics activity.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance that may be required.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice is a set of rules which details how people in a certain industry should behave. A code of practice can be defined as a result of legislation or by industry regulators and bodies.

Act(s) name

Privacy Act 1988 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Privacy Regulations 2013 Australian Government

Administering agency

National Health and Medical Research Council

Contact details

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Please use these contact details for help or more information:


National Health and Medical Research Council

Operating address: 16 Marcus Clarke Street
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Mailing address: GPO BOX 1421
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Phone: 02 6217 9000
Phone: 1300 064 672
Fax: 02 6217 9100
Website: National Health and Medical Research Council (Opens in new window)