SAFA Staff & Officials Code of Conduct
The Association recognises its staff and officials as its greatest asset. The purpose of the Code of Conduct is to guide and enhance the conduct of staff and officials in performing their duties in the collegial environment of the Association. The Code of Conduct has the support of the Association’s National Executive Committee and applies to all officers and employees of the Association.
There are five fundamental ethical principles enshrined in the Association’s code of behaviour, from which the ethical obligations contained in the Association’s Code of Conduct are derived. The ethical obligations are summarised in this document entitled The Principles. More detailed advice on these ethical obligations is contained in the Guidelines for Ethical Conduct and in Association policies and procedures.
Respect for persons
Staff and officials should treat other staff and officials and members of the community equitably and with respect. This involves:
– Courtesy and responsiveness in dealing with others
– A responsibility of fairness in supervising other staff and officials
– Making decisions that are procedurally fair to people
– Avoiding unfair discrimination, for example, on grounds such as gender, race, religion
– Engaging in rational debate and allowing alternative points of view to be expressed
– Avoiding behaviour which might reasonably be perceived as harassing, bullying or intimidating.
Staff and officials should be honest in carrying out their duties, and avoid conflicts between their private interests and their Association responsibilities with respect to:
– Personal relationships
– Sexual relationships
– Financial relationships
– Receipt of Gifts
– Outside work
– Use of confidential information obtained in the course of Association duties
– External activities and public comment
Staff are supported in innovative and creative activities, but in doing so, should adhere to principles for the ethical conduct of these activities.
Staff and officials should carry out their duties in a professional and conscientious manner. This involves:
– Carrying out official decisions and policies faithfully and impartially
– Seeking to attain the highest possible standards of performance
– Exercising care for others in employment-related activities
– Ensuring that personal use of alcohol and other drugs does not interfere with the proper performance of Association activities
– Adhering to professional codes of conduct where applicable
Staff and officials are encouraged to report fraud or corrupt conduct to appropriate Association or external authorities.
Economy and Efficiency
Staff and officials should use Association material and financial resources only for legitimate Association purposes.
– Staff and officials should avoid waste.
– Staff and officials should maintain adequate security over Association property, facilities and resources.
– Staff and officials should familiarise themselves with the Code of Conduct and endeavour to ensure that its principles are observed at all times.
Significant departures from the standards of conduct outlined in the Code of Conduct (comprised of these principles and the Guidelines for Ethical Conduct) may amount to misconduct on the part of the individual staff member.
As a companion to this document the Association has also produced Guidelines for Ethical Conduct which explain in greater detail standards of conduct expected of staff.