Code of Conduct

Released: 30 July 2022

This Code of Conduct applies to all members of ASSA Council, Honorary Life Members, attendees at Council meetings, and members appointed to non-officer positions. These members must:

  1. Be diligent in their role:
    • Adhere to the policies and procedures established by the organisation.
    • Adhere to the legislative requirements of the organisation.
    • Act with integrity and objectivity.
    • Act honestly, in good faith and always have the best interest of the
      organisation in mind.
    • Respect the equipment and resources of the organisation.
    • Declare any Conflicts of Interest as they arise; record instances in ASSA’s Register of Conflicts of Interest; and act to ensure that these conflicts do not pose a risk to the organisation.
    • Always look for opportunities to improve operations and committee.
  2. Treat all people associated with ASSA, including members, volunteers, partners, external stakeholders, and other Council members with respect:
    • Be open to feedback from members and respond appropriately.
    • Act as a positive role model with respect to good behaviour.
    • Treat each person as an individual and display courtesy to all involved.
    • Do not tolerate harmful or abusive behaviours.
    • Ensure your decisions and actions contribute to a safe, harassment-free
  3. Always represent the organisation in a professional manner
    • Not speak to the media about any aspect of ASSA that could be damaging or affect its reputation.
  4. Encourage and support opportunities for people to learn appropriate behaviours and skills.
  5. Adhere to meeting etiquette:
    • Strive to attend all meetings. Send apologies to the Secretary for necessary
    • Prepare for the meeting by reading the agenda, papers, and any correspondence
      before the meeting.
    • Participate fully in the meeting by:
      • Listening to what others have to say,
      • Keeping an open mind,
      • Contributing positively to discussions.
    • Draw attention to any potential conflicts of interest that may arise in the meeting.
    • Fulfil any responsibilities assigned to you at the meeting and be prepared to report back on your progress at the next meeting.