Code of Ethics

The AFAC Emergency Management Professionalisation Scheme Code of Ethics is summarised here. The full text can be downloaded from this link: AFAC EMPS Code of Ethics.

Practitioners will:

  • at all times behave in a way that upholds the reputation of fire and emergency management professionals and act with integrity, competence and diligence be truthful and honest at all times
  • work to serve the community, not to benefit themselves
  • use publicly owned resources, including uniforms, facilities, vehicles and equipment, only for the purposes for which they have been provided them
  • take reasonable steps to comply with all laws, regulations, codes and standards applicable to their professional activities
  • contribute positively to multi-agency and interoperable working environments
  • undertake continuing professional development to maintain their competence and maintain records of it
  • treat others registered under the Scheme with courtesy and respect, acknowledging and respecting their national credentials awarded under the scheme.
  • challenge behaviour by colleagues that conflicts with this code, and escalate through appropriate channels if it cannot be resolved at a person-to-person level.

Practitioners will not:

  • discriminate against colleagues or any other person on the grounds of race, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability or employment status or use language that suggests such discrimination
  • disclose private, confidential or privileged information that they acquire in the course of their duties except for professional reasons or as required by law
  • knowingly submit false or misleading information of credentials, skills, competency, experience and endorsements
  • use public or private social networking, electronic communications, or other media opportunities in a manner that discredits or embarrasses their organisation or the broader fire and emergency service sector
  • accept gifts, benefits, compensation or consideration that might reasonably be expected to create a conflict of interest.