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CODE OF ETHICS

The AIG Code of Ethics is intended to ensure members discharge their duties with fidelity to the public, their employers and clients, and at all times in their professional or employed capacities carry out their work with integrity and professional responsibility. All members agree to be bound by the Code of Ethics by accepting AIG Membership.

The Code of Ethics was last revised in May 2019 and endorsed at the 2019 AGM. Click here to download a copy of the Code of Ethics.

Definitions

  • Words used in this Code, unless the context otherwise requires, have the same meaning as in the Constitution of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (Constitution).
  • “AIG” means the Australian Institute of Geoscientists.
  • “Complaints Management Process” means the process for dealing with complaints against members established by the Council, as amended from time to time.
  • “Ethics and Standards Committee” means the Ethics and Standards Committee constituted and regulated by the Council under paragraph 42 of the Constitution.
  • “Recognised Professional Organisation” means an organisation designated as such by the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX). For convenience, the list of such persons at the time this document was drafted is available at: https://www.asx.com.au/documents/regulation/list-recognised-professional-orgs-march-2014.pdf.
  • “member” means Corporate Member.
  • the male gender includes the female gender and the singular includes the plural, and vice versa.

Application

This Code shall apply to all members including Graduates, Members, Fellows and Registered Professional Geoscientists of AIG.

Principle

Members shall discharge their duties with fidelity to the public, their employers and clients, and at all times in their professional or employed capacities carry out their work with competence, integrity and professional responsibility.

Duties

In all working decisions and recommendations, a member shall have due regard for the welfare and safety of the community which may be affected by the work for which he is responsible or which may result from his recommendations. All members are required to conform to this Code so as to uphold the dignity of their profession and to maintain the highest possible level of conduct in all professional matters.

Matters of fact

A member shall avoid and discourage exaggerated and unwarranted statements in the course of their work. If called upon to give evidence or otherwise to speak on a matter of fact a member shall state what he believes to be the truth with scrupulous impartiality.

Matter of opinion

Provided that the matter is clearly expressed as an opinion, a member may, where required, give a considered professional opinion based on facts, experience, interpretation, extrapolation or a combination of these.

Public comment

In any public written or verbal comment, a member shall be careful to state whether the statements or assertions made therein represent facts, an interpretation of facts, an opinion, or a belief. In all such circumstances, a member shall act only with propriety in criticising the ability, opinion or integrity of another member, person or organisation.

Intra-professional conduct

A member shall neither intentionally nor negligently do anything to injure, directly or indirectly, the reputation, prospects or business of another member. However, if he considers a member to be guilty of unethical, illegal or unfair practice, it is his duty to initiate a complaint against the relevant member so that it may be dealt with in accordance with the Complaints Management Process.

Limitation

A member shall engage or advise his employer or client to engage, and cooperate with, other experts and specialists whenever the employer’s or client’s interests would be best served by such service. He shall not accept a concealed fee for referring a client or employer to a specialist or for recommending services other than his own.

Training of subordinates

When in a position of authority over other members of the profession, a member shall take care to see that those under his direction are afforded every reasonable opportunity to advance their knowledge and experience.

Credit to others

A member shall ensure that proper credit is given to any associate, subordinate or otherwise, who has contributed to work for which he is responsible or whose work is being reviewed.

Acceptance of favours

A member shall avoid placing himself under any obligation to any person or organisation who might deal with his employer or client, nor accept any substantial favours from such person or organisation.

Anti-bribery and corruption law compliance

A member shall at all times comply with anti-bribery and corruption laws and related rules, regulations and guidance applicable to the member, including (without limitation) the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).

Patents or information

A member shall not receive, either directly or indirectly, any royalty, gratuity or commission in respect of any patented or protected article or information or process used in any work with which he may be connected unless he shall have fully disclosed the fact, in writing, to his employer, client or fellow professionals and associates in this matter.

Confidential information

A member shall not use for any personal gain or advantage, nor shall he disclose, confidential information which he may acquire as a result of special opportunities arising out of work done for his client or employer, without the consent in writing of his client or employer or until it is clear that there can no longer be a conflict of interest with the original client or employer.

Contract preparation and supervision

In the planning of work, preparation of plans, reports, specifications and contract documents and in the supervision of work, a member shall have due regard for and protect the interests of his client or employer, who he shall represent with the utmost good faith. However, in the interpretation of all contract documents, he shall maintain an attitude of scrupulous impartiality as between his client and employer on the one hand and the contractor on the other and shall, as far as reasonably practicable, ensure that each party to the contract shall discharge his respective duties and enjoy his respective rights as set down in the contract or agreement.

Consulting practice

A member shall not describe himself, nor permit himself to be described as a consultant in his particular branch or branches of the profession unless he occupies a position of professional independence and is able to act as an unbiased and independent adviser. When acting as a consultant he shall conform in all respects with the Code of Ethics of the AIG. If he accepts professional work in connection with which another member has been appointed to act, he shall notify that other member of his appointment as a professional courtesy, unless he is restricted from doing so by the terms of his retainer or other contractual obligations. He shall not conduct himself in a manner or act in any capacity nor hold any appointment which, in the opinion of the Council, prejudices his status as a Consultant or the interests of the AIG. Members who are directors or responsible officers of companies carrying on a practice as Consultants should, as far as reasonably practicable, ensure that the professional practice of the company conforms to the spirit of the AIG’s Code of Ethics.

Governmental and organisational requirements

A member shall have knowledge of and strictly comply with all laws and regulations relating to his professional activities and shall comply with the rules of any related professional organisation to which he belongs.

Compliance with other rules and codes etc.

A member shall comply strictly with:

(a)        the Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves (JORC Code), as amended from time to time;

(b)        the Code for the Technical Assessment and Valuation of Mineral and Petroleum Assets and Securities for Independent Expert Reports (VALMIN Code), as amended from time to time; and

(c)         any applicable rules, regulations and practices as established and promulgated by an official stock exchange in a country in which a Recognised Professional Organisation is based (Overseas Rules).

Responsibility

The administration of this Code and matters related to it shall, subject to paragraph 42 of the Constitution, be vested in the Ethics and Standards Committee. Any matter or complaint regarding misconduct or negligence related to this Code shall be dealt with in accordance with the Complaints Management Process.

Non-compliance with the code

Where a matter or complaint of the kind identified in section 20 above has been dealt with in accordance with the Complaints Management Process, and the Ethics and Standards Committee is of the reasonable opinion that a member has breached any provision of the Constitution or this Code, the member may, in accordance with the Complaints Management Process and the Constitution, be disciplined.