Code of Ethics

Code of Ethics

All Outdoors Queensland members agree to abide by the following Code of Ethics:

The principles that outline the ethical standards that Outdoors Queensland expects its members to aspire to and adopt in order to guide their operations and decision-making. Outdoors Queensland members are commonly involved in activities and situations where people trust them to be professional and competent. It is imperative that Outdoors Queensland members conduct themselves, their businesses and activities in a way that upholds that faith and the professional reputation of the organisation.

Protect the natural environments they operate in by adopting a minimal impact approach to their activities.

Instil appreciation and environmental awareness in participants by interpreting natural surroundings, whenever possible.

Ensure the safety of their participants, staff and the general public during activities by developing and implementing risk minimisation strategies and standardised operational procedures.

Obey all legal requirements and adopt, as a minimum, accepted industry practices.

Assist all participants to realise their full potential and to stimulate the spirit of enquiry and the acquisition of knowledge through quality teaching practices.

Act honestly, fairly and properly in dealings with participants, other members and the general public.

Protect staff and participants’ rights to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought and received.

Refrain from intentionally spreading false or misleading information, whether written, spoken or implied.

Refrain from knowingly using or being party to improper or illegal methods and practices in organisational and operational activities.

Treat all people with respect and fairness without any form of discrimination or harassment based on race, gender, age, disability or culture when such factors do not jeopardise the safe conduct of activities.

Refrain from intentionally compromising the professional reputation of any Outdoors Queensland member.

Ensure staff continue to acquire and maintain professional skills and knowledge, thereby improving personal competence, as well as the knowledge base of our association. At no time should staff or members provide false or misleading information about their skills or qualifications.

Encourage and assist others to develop appropriate attitudes, skills and knowledge relating to outdoor recreation activities.

Encourage and assist others to understand the activities, role and importance of Outdoors Queensland.

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