Plagiarism is the copying, paraphrasing or summarising of work, in any form, without acknowledgement of sources, and presenting this as your own work.
For students this means:
- If any part of your assessment item is not your own ideas, words or product, you must indicate the source to show that it is not your own work.
- Plagiarism is not restricted to words but includes unacknowledged ideas, thoughts, opinions, conclusions, diagrams, cartoons, art and practical works, photographs, music, graphs, pictures, statistics, tables, computer programs, computer graphics, visual information from the web, advertisements, interview responses, translations from a foreign language text, using a friend's mathematics assignment, etc – anything you can copy.
- Changing a few words or images does not mean you do not have to acknowledge the source. Paraphrased material must still be acknowledged.
- Purchasing/acquiring an assessment item and submitting it as your own.
For more information see the Academic Integrity: Student Guide (604 kb)
For teachers this means:
Students must be prepared to submit work that is a true reflection of their ability in each subject so that:
- The student can develop an appreciation of their own strengths and weaknesses, can learn effectively and honestly and grow intellectually
- The integrity of the ACT Senior Secondary Certificate, which is based on continuous assessment, can be maintained
For more information see the Academic Integrity: Teacher Guide (687 kb)
A range of useful resources can be found on the Academic Integrity Resources Page