Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

Buddy Up Australia has established a Code of Conduct to set the specific expectations of behaviour in order for members to feel safe and supporte

Our Vision and Mission

Buddy Up Australia believes that every Australian who has provided service to our country has the right to feel connected and valued within their local community. Buddy Up Australia aims to enrich the lives of Australian military and emergency service personnel by connecting them to their community through purposeful volunteering, social and physical activity.We also support he immediate families of service personnel.

Our Values and Principles

Our members are expected to act consistently with Buddy Up Australia’s values:

  • Wellness – We build healthy bodies and minds to contribute fully to our community
  • Mateship – We respect others despite differences and build meaningful relationships
  • Service – We commit to our purpose to help others and ourselves feel valued
  • Courage – We share our story to help others and ourselves and create solutions when faced with challenges

Buddy Up Australia’s values will be promoted through our website, print material, chapter leadership training and modelling by our longer term members.

Conduct Requirements

  • Use of Buddy Up Australia or Personal Information

A member may learn confidential information about Buddy Up Australia or its members. Unless within the law and the member has permission, that information must not be used, disclosed or discussed by the member, particularly for personal interests, reward, gain or benefits. Members are required to adhere to the Privacy Act, the Australian Privacy Principles and internal policies relating to dealing with personal information and maintaining confidentiality.

  • Use of Buddy Up Australia Resources, Assets and Facilities

Members are responsible for ensuring that all Buddy Up Australia equipment and facilities are used efficiently, economically, as authorised and for their proper purpose, and must not be used for personal interests, reward, gain, or benefits without proper authority.

  • Political and/or Religious Activities

Buddy Up Australia is a non-political and non-religious organisation. Employees are to respect the different opinions and beliefs of others and are not to promote their own political or religious beliefs in the name of Buddy Up Australia.

  • The Use of Alcohol and Drugs

Buddy Up Australia is committed to providing an environment which is free from the hazards associated with drugs and alcohol. Members attending events organised by Buddy Up Australia are expected to behave responsibly and not cause offence or distress to any other member, guest or member of the public.

  • Non-discriminatory Practices and Equal Employment Opportunity

Buddy Up Australia does not tolerate any form of harassment or discrimination to other members, guests or members of the public. Members are to be treated fairly and equitably at all times.

  • Media and Social Media

If a member is approached by the media for comment on Buddy Up Australia, the member is to consider the impact of the comments and not provide anything other than factual information.

When using social media to promote the activities of Buddy Up Australia, members are reminded of the impact of their statements and respect the ‘unknown’ audience ie would the general public think the comments were suitable? Any activity which is disrespectful to Buddy Up Australia or its members may be cause for disciplinary action including termination of membership.

Reporting Non-Compliance (includes Financial, Safety etc)

Members are encouraged to identify and report any incidents of compliance failure in which they are involved or witness. Members who report compliance failures will be supported, and Buddy Up Australia will, to the full extent available within the law, attempt to rectify the situation as soon as practicable.

Conflict of Interest – Directors and Voting Members

Directors and voting members of Buddy Up Australia have an obligation to avoid unacceptable ethical, legal, financial or other conflicts of interest and to ensure that their activities and interests do not conflict with their obligations to Buddy Up Australia. Disclosure of conflicts should be made to the Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Zero Tolerance Behaviour

Buddy Up Australia has zero tolerance for behaviour that is bullying, violent or discriminatory. We hold each other to account for our behaviour so that every member cancel safe and valued.

Approval and Review

This policy has been approved by the Board of Directors. This policy shall be reviewed annually by the Board of Directors and the details of changes will be recorded in the Board minutes. Further detail is available in the Member Protection Policy available on request.