REDCap is freely available to UNSW researchers.

To access, please click HERE and log in with your zID and zPass. 


Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap) is a widely used electronic data capture platform, designed to replace paper-based surveys and spreadsheet-based data capture systems. Although originally designed as a clinical research tool, REDCap is appropriate for any discipline of study that requires secure and clean data capture.

As a member institution of the ever-growing REDCap global consortium, UNSW hosts an independent REDCap instance with local management and support.

Why should I use UNSW REDCap
  • Survey design - create a unique survey experience using piping and conditional logic
  • Survey distribution - distribute your survey for anonymous responses or to focus groups throughout your longitudinal study via automated survey invitations
  • Clean data capture - field validations and data quality rules ensure clean data capture
  • Collaboration - invite group members as well as external collaborators* to your project with detailed access management
  • Free - free-of-charge for all researchers with zID credentials
  • Security - suitable for data classified as Highly Sensitive and below


*To give external collaborators access to UNSW REDCap, OSA2 application form must be submitted. For bulk zID creation request, please contact

Getting Started

For UNSW zID holders

  1. Go to 
  2. Log in with zID and zPass
  3. Create a project or be invited into one


For those without a UNSW zID

  1. Speak with your UNSW sponsor (they need to be in a managerial position) who can request your zID (you may be required to complete an access form but the UNSW sponsor must submit the OSA02 form) here: 
  2. Once zID credentials are generated, go to 
  3. Log in with zID and zPass
  4. Create a project or be invited into one


*For bulk zID creation request, please contact

**REDCap now requires multi-factor authentication - for the step-by-step guide, please click HERE

Training Workshops and Showcases

Online training resources are available at:

UNSW REDCap Clinic is a monthly, online training and discussion session, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm on Thursdays in Microsoft Teams. The first hour will be a topical training session, followed by a Q&A discussion session where anyone can bring questions. Past webinars have been recorded and made available in our UNSW REDCap Users' Group on Microsoft Teams. Future sessions will be announced in the table below. Please refer to the schedule below and check browser requirements here:

Date Event name Links


Online Resources

In REDCap, you will find great resources including Help & FAQ and Training VideosThese links are also available at the top of each UNSW REDCap page. 


Short, online tutorials and demonstrations are available below:




Action tags:

Survey Wizard:


UNSW REDCap User Guide was created as a reference document for UNSW end users. We recommend saving a local copy and viewing it in Adobe Acrobat. Please download the most recent version of the User Guide.

This document was adapted from User Guides created by REDCap Consortium Partners Laura McLeod/Vanderbilt University, Jen Hoitenga/Children's Mercy and Luke Stevens/Murdoch Children's Research Institute; additional content from Heath Davis/University of Iowa, Leila Deering/Marshfield Clinic Research Institute and Andrew Carroll/University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. 

For UNSW REDCap User Guide, please join our UNSW REDCap Users' Group on Microsoft Teams. Only those with UNSW zID credentials will be able to access the document. 


Citations and Acknowledgements

When the study has published manuscripts/artefacts, please cite the use of REDCap such as below:


Study data was collected and managed using REDCap electronic data capture tool hosted and managed by Research Technology Services (UNSW Sydney).1,2 REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) is a secure, web-based software platform designed to support data capture for research studies, providing 1) an intuitive interface for validated data capture; 2) audit trails for tracking data manipulation and export procedures; 3) automated export procedures for seamless data downloads to common statistical packages; and 4) procedures for data integration and interoperability with external sources.

1PA Harris, R Taylor, R Thielke, J Payne, N Gonzalez, JG. Conde, Research electronic data capture (REDCap) – A metadata-driven methodology and workflow process for providing translational research informatics support, J Biomed Inform. 2009 Apr;42(2):377-81.

2PA Harris, R Taylor, BL Minor, V Elliott, M Fernandez, L O’Neal, L McLeod, G Delacqua, F Delacqua, J Kirby, SN Duda, REDCap Consortium, The REDCap consortium: Building an international community of software partners, J Biomed Inform. 2019 May 9 [doi: 10.1016/j.jbi.2019.103208]


If a ResTech member has assisted you in the development of REDCap project, please use the following template acknowledgement (or a derivative) in your publications.


The authors acknowledge the assistance in REDCap survey and database design by [INSERT NAME] of Research Technology Services at UNSW Sydney

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I add a user to my project?

If you don't know their zID:

  1. Once the user has a REDCap account, you can go to your project --> User Rights --> Start to type the user's name
  2. Select the right user as they appear in the dropdown options
  3. Click "Add with custom rights"
  4. Modify the custom privileges
  5. Click "Add user". 

If you know their zID:

  1. Go to your project --> User Rights --> Type in their zID
  2. Click "Add with custom rights"
  3. Modify the custom privileges
  4. Click "Add user". 

For more step-by-step instructions, please refer to the following screen recording


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Contact us

For consultations on the suitability of this platform for your research and functional support, please contact us: