Code of Ethics and Practice Standards

It is a requirement of most professions that its members work to a code of ethics. In the case of community work practitioners this is fundamental because their work is with some of the most vulnerable and marginalised groups of people in our society.

A code of ethics is an explicit document that lays down the expectations of a professional working in the field.

The code of ethics sets the tenor for exemplary community work practice and is a benchmark for all members. The code was developed by the founders of the association and is as relevant today as a guide for every day ethical practice as it was in its inception.

Australian Community Workers Association members agree to the ACWA Code of ethics and demonstrate adherence to the code in every aspect of their professional life.

To help support community workers deal some of the issues in the code of ethics ACWA has produced a series of information sheets collectively known as ACWA's Practical Ethics Series. To launch the Practical Ethics Series the first information sheet, Addressing unprofessional or unethical behaviour in a colleague, is available members and non-members alike. The rest of the series, however, will be accessible only to ACWA members via the members' only area of the website. Download Addressing unprofessional or unethical behaviour in a colleague.

ACWA's practice standards are designed to complement the code of ethics and provide a guide to all community work practitioners. ACWA's practice standards are currently under review and this page will be updated shortly.