Research integrity officers

If you have an issue or concern related to research involving VU, please contact a Research Integrity Officer (RIO). RIOs are experienced VU researchers who have volunteered to provide confidential and independent advice to students, staff and people outside VU who are concerned about research involving VU.

A RIO can assist by helping you to clarify any issues impacting on your research and assist you in making an informed decision about how to proceed.

A research integrity officer can

  • provide confidential and independent advice
  • help you identify and clarify the issues based on areas of research conduct, principles and values of responsible research, and/or other issues impacting on, or directly connected to research
  • provide information to help you make an informed decision about your options/how to proceed
  • provide a limited personal opinion on the advantages and disadvantages of adopting a particular course of action and/or the options available.

Beyond this a RIO cannot take any further action or role in the matter.

A research integrity officer cannot

  • act as an advocate, represent or promote your interests
  • provide advice as to the likely outcome, or how you must proceed
  • express an opinion on behalf of VU or any other person
  • investigate the matter, or take any steps to obtain further information about the facts or issues
  • make a complaint or take any action on your behalf
  • solve the problem for you.

You do not have to identify yourself, and can be assured that all communications with a RIO will remain confidential. A RIOs obligation to maintain confidentiality is ongoing and continues after the completion of the matter.


Dr Nick Billington
Phone: +61 3 9919 1076

Associate Professor Mikel Duke
Phone: +61 3 9919 7682

Dr Michael Mathai
Phone: +61 3 9919 2211

Professor John Orbell
Phone: +61 3 9919 8066

Dr Mark Vicars
Phone: +61 3 9919 2052

Mail to:
PO Box 14428 Melbourne
Victoria 8001