Accreditation Module 1.2-NZ: Legislation as it Affects Research in New Zealand - Online

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Module 1.2-NZ: Legislation as it affects research in New Zealand

Research organisations are subject to a wide range of legislative requirements, depending on the organisation’s specific activities. They are expected to know which laws apply to them and to have measures in place to ensure compliance with those laws.

Legislation as it affects research in New Zealand looks at the most common legislative frameworks affecting research in New Zealand. The module covers the essential elements that a research manager needs to know about legislation as well as the types of legislation, jurisdictional issues, understanding legislation and the legal status of research institutions. The module includes specific mention of the Treaty of Waitangi in legislation.

It also covers general legislative obligations in research as well as research specific and project specific legislation. Independant exercises are also included in the online module.

Key learning outcomes

After completing this module, research administrators will be better able to:

  • Explain to researchers the legislative and legal/quasi-legal frameworks affecting research in New Zealand so they are able to appreciate the compliance requirements for conducting research;
  • Ensure relevant legislative and legal compliance issues have been considered in those aspects of research management participants are involved with;
  • Describe the different models of corporate governance in research institutions in New Zealand and the different legislative frameworks that apply;
  • Seek advice from the relevant institutional expert in any area of legislative, legal or quasi-legal compliance; and
  • Identify potential areas of risk due to non-compliance with legislative or legal requirements, relevant to your area and level of responsibility.

Who should attend?

This module is suitable for those who are new to the research management profession, those who have specialised in one area of research management and wish to broaden their knowledge and/or those who are experienced research managers but wish to refresh their knowledge in a specific topic area.

Research managers and administrators from all organisations and institutions will benefit from this module including those from:

  • Research agencies and institutes;
  • Medical research institutes;
  • Research and development corporations;
  • Research centres;
  • Government departments;
  • Funding bodies;
  • Industrial research and development teams;
  • Service providers;
  • Commercialisation bodies; and
  • Consultancies.

This is a compulsory module for individuals completing the ARMS Foundation Level Accreditation Program in New Zealand. Each module can also be taken as a stand-alone unit for professional development purposes.

Program Materials, Access and Assessment:

  • This Foundation Level Accreditation Program (FLAP) Module is supplied in an online format, unless otherwise stated in the course description.
  • The content of the FLAP online Module materials, including copyright and all other intellectual property rights contained therein, remain the property of ARMS.
  • You may not reproduce any part of the FLAP online Module material without the prior written consent of ARMS.
  • Online FLAP Module material is provided via the Moodle online Learning Management System (LMS).  For reasons out of our control, the e-Learning site may on occasion be unavailable.  In the unlikely event that the system becomes unavailable, ARMS will use every measure to ensure that the FLAP Module materials are provided to Registrants in an alternative manner.
  • All quiz assessments for this FLAP Module must also be completed online via Moodle.

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Non-Member: $505 AUD 

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Time: You will have 2 weeks to complete this module once you have started the LMS module in Moodle. The two (2) week time period commences when you start the module in Moodle and not when you register for the module.

How to start the module in Moodle: Once registered and paid for, the module link will appear in your ARMS portal under Online Courses. Click on the module listing under Enrolled Courses to be directed to Moodle.  If your course has not been paid for, please contact Dana Watts, ARMS Accreditation Program Administrator, to discuss an alternative access option.


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We understand that under extenuating circumstances, there may be reasons why the Registrant is unable to complete the registered FLAP Module.  Where evidence can be successfully provided to support the Registrant’s circumstances, consideration may be given to transfer the Registration to another eligible ARMS member.  Such requests must be made in writing to the ARMS Accreditation Program Administrator, email   

If you are experiencing difficulty completing the FLAP module by the enrolment expiry date, a free course extension may be available.  Such requests for further extension must be made in writing to the ARMS Accreditation Program Administrator,   

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