You will need securely store both audio-recording and transcripts. These must be stored separately from the consent to participate form. It can be helpful to devise a system that allows you to associate the transcript with the person’s name, but you cannot write the person’s name on their transcript. You could label transcript and consent form with the same identifying number. Store them separately to protect anonymity.[33] You must delete audio files from any audio-recording equipment you use. It’s your responsibility to ensure you know and comply with national privacy legislation.


[33] For more information about best practice in this area see the National Health and Medical Research Council, Australian Research Council and Universities Australia (2007) Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, Section 2.3 (NHMRC, ARC and Universities Australia: Canberra)