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Outdoor Practitioners' Code of Conduct

The following Code of Conduct has been developed in partnership with the industry in order to elevate the professional practices and recognition of practitioners within the Outdoors sector. Outdoors WA members support the Code of Conduct.

1) Act in a professional manner when dealing with staff, clients and peers:

  • brief clients and staff about safety and emergencies procedures;
  • identify and follow through relevant duty of care responsibilities; 
  • maintain and store activity equipment used by clients and staff correctly; 
  • use honesty and integrity to underlie their entire professional decisions and actions. 
  • respect the rights, dignity and worth of every human being and at all times safeguard their interests. 
  • strive to improve their professional services and to keep their knowledge up to date. 
  • refrain from any conduct or action which may tarnish the image of the Outdoor Recreation industry. 

2) Aim to provide safe quality experiences for any person involved in programs with particular reference to the following:

  • all participants with particular regard for equal opportunity (as per the Equal Opportunity Act 1977); 
  • all participants with particular regard for occupational health and safety (as per the WA Occupational, Health and Safety Act); 
  • all participants with particular regard for child protection (as per Child Protection Bill or equivalent). 

3) Meet and abide by all legal and statutory requirements including:

  • Public Liability Insurance 
  • Professional Indemnity 
  • Business Registration 
  • Voluntary worker's insurance 
  • Workers Compensation 

4) Implement minimal impact practices appropriate to the environment, including (but not limited to) the following:

  • involving participants in implementing and monitoring minimal impact; 
  • traveling on the tracks provided (driving, walking, riding); 
  • choosing campsites carefully; 
  • ensuring fires (if any) are safe; 
  • dealing appropriately with rubbish and other waste disposal; 
  • using toilets provided; 
  • protecting native species and habitats (including avoiding harassment of wildlife); 
  • avoiding the use or purchase of endangered species and products; 
  • avoiding bringing firearms, flora or fauna into protected areas; and 
  • abiding by all of the rules and regulations of the respective land managers responsible for the areas used (eg CALM, Local Govt authorities). 

5) Demonstrate consideration of gender, cultural and ethnic differences in their professional practice, by:

  • identifying, adopting and practicing a policy of equal opportunity, as per the Equal Opportunity Act 1977; 
  • demonstrating a consistent policy of non-discrimination on the basis of gender; 
  • demonstrating an understanding of and respect for local cultures and environments; 
  • operating in accordance with relevant legislation and regulation; 
  • operating in accordance with any guidelines or local rules of the host community, expressed or implied; 
  • conveying to participants the value of local cultures, traditions and environments, and the need for sensitive protection; 
  • portraying realistic images of the host community and the environment in question; 
  • explaining what constitutes accepted behaviour in the areas being visited; 
  • leading by example, using positive reinforcement and taking corrective action where necessary, to gain participant compliance with suggested practices. 

6) Ensure accurate keeping of relevant records, including:

  • participants health and medical information; 
  • booking and or hire agreements; 
  • personal employment agreements; and 
  • accident / incident reports. 

7) Maintain current relevant first aid qualifications and upgrade when necessary;

8) Comply with clearly defined Standard Operating Procedures and relevant documented guidelines:

  • develop an emergency management plan for routine and non-routine incidents and activate if necessary; 
  • identify and reduce or remove hazards that threaten the safety of clients and staff or property; 
  • ensure that an appropriate Hygiene Policy has been considered and is followed (that appropriate hygiene procedures and conditions in the preparation of foods, toileting and related personal hygiene matters are adhered to); 
  • establish that the environment is suitable for the proposed activity and ability of the group. 

9) Understand employers Statement of Policy:

  • identify and understand the aims and objectives of the organisation or business regardless of its educational, recreational or experiential focus. 

10) Commit to ongoing Professional Development:

  • participate in sufficient personal and professional development so as to ensure retention of registered skill level; and 
  • participate in activities that will upgrade their ability to communicate with and manage participants within sensitive natural and cultural settings.





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