Code of Ethics and Conduct

Upon becoming a member of Outdoors Victoria, organisations and associations agree to adhere to the following code of ethics:

  • Protect the natural environment by adopting a minimal impact approach to activities in all operations
  • Instil appreciation and environmental awareness in participants by interpreting natural surrounding
  • Ensure the safety of 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 acquire 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 o Refrain from spreading false or misleading information, whether written, spoken or implied
  • Abstain 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
  • Refrain from intentionally compromising the professional reputation of any OV member
  • Ensure staff continues to acquire and maintain professional skills and knowledge, thereby improving personal competence, as well as the knowledge base of our association
  • Encourage and assist others to develop appropriate attitudes, skills and knowledge relating to outdoor recreation activities