Code of Conduct
Schedule 4 of the Branch Constitution
This is adapted from the Code of Conduct of the Australian Institute of Company Directors as it was adopted in September 2005.
In this Code of Conduct, an “Officer” means a Committee Member and/or a member of the Branch Disciplinary Panel.
An Officer must act honestly, in good faith and in the best interests of the Branch as a whole.
An Officer has a duty to use all reasonable due care and diligence in fulfilling the functions of their office and exercising the powers attached to their office, whether individually or acting collectively as the Committee or a Panel.
An Officer must use the powers granted to their office for a proper purpose, in the best interests of the Branch as a whole.
An Officer must recognise that the primary responsibility is to the Branch as a whole but should, where appropriate, have regard for the interests of the Individual Members and the aims, objects and purposes of the Branch.
An Officer must not make improper use of information acquired as an Officer.
An Officer must not take improper advantage of their position in the Branch.
An Officer must not allow personal interests, or the interests of any associated person or entity (including a Member Branch to which the Officer belongs), to conflict with the interests of the Branch and, where such a conflict does arise, the Officer must properly manage any such conflict.
An Officer has an obligation to exercise independent judgment and take independent actions and to take all reasonable steps to be satisfied as to the soundness of all decisions taken by the Committee or their Panel.
Confidential information received by an Officer in the course of the exercise of their duties remains the property of the Branch and it is improper to disclose it, or allow it to be disclosed, to any third party (including an Individual Member) unless that disclosure has been authorised by the Committee or is required by law.
An Officer should not engage in conduct likely to bring discredit upon the Branch or be prejudicial to the aims, objects and purposes of the Branch.
An Officer has an obligation, at all times, to comply with the spirit, as well as the letter of the law and with the principles of this Code of Conduct.
This Code of Conduct should be complied with in conjunction with the Constitution.