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Engineers Australia Code of Ethics

All members of the Institution of Engineers, Australia, in the practice of the discipline of engineering, are committed and obliged to apply and uphold the Cardinal Principles of the Code of Ethics, which are:

  • to respect the inherent dignity of the individual
  • to act on the basis of a well informed conscience, and
  • to act in the interest of the community.

These principles are encapsulated within and established by the Tenets of the Code of Ethics. The Tenets of the Code of Ethics:

  1. Members shall place their responsibility for the welfare, health and safety of the community before their responsibility to sectional or private interests, or to other members;
  2. Members shall act with honour, integrity and dignity in order to merit the trust of the community and the profession;
  3. Members shall act only in areas of their competence and in a careful and diligent manner;
  4. Members shall act with honesty, good faith and equity and without discrimination towards all in the community;
  5. Members shall apply their skill and knowledge in the interest of their employer or client for whom they shall act with integrity without compromising any other obligation to these Tenets;
  6. Members shall, where relevant, take reasonable steps to inform themselves, their clients and employers, of the social, environmental, economic and other possible consequences which may arise from their actions;
  7. Members shall express opinions, make statements or give evidence with fairness and honesty and only on the basis of adequate knowledge;
  8. Members shall continue to develop relevant knowledge, skill and expertise throughout their careers and shall actively assist and encourage those with whom they are associated, to do likewise;
  9. Members shall not assist in or induce a breach of these Tenets and shall support those who seek to uphold them if called upon or in a position to do so.