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Data and research

Open data

The department generates and holds a range of information and data. The department is proactively publishing information and data with the aim of promoting openness, accountability and transparency to stimulate innovation, research and commercial activity.

To help make our data available to the community, the following spreadsheets have been published in a machine readable format. Refer to the Victorian Government Data Directory website (External link) to search for a particular dataset released by our department. You can also submit a new dataset suggestion (External link)

The following data is available on this website:


Finding a research paper

Refer to publications to search for a particular research paper on our website. For publications published across the department's portfolio of websites, use the search function at the top of the page.

Human research ethics

Any research or evaluation conducted by or for the department or its statutory agencies, or done under its auspice, must satisfy ethical standards as provided by the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (External link) developed jointly by the National Health and Medical Research Council, Australian Research Council and Australian Vice-Chancellors’ Committee.

An application to the Justice Human Research Ethics Committee (JHREC) for ethics approval must be made for all research or evaluation, if it involves more than a low level risk, as defined by the National Statement.

Find out how to make a JHREC application.


Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander flags

The department acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the Traditional Custodians of the land and acknowledges and pays respect to their Elders, past and present.