Human Resources

Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct: Vice-Chancellor's Address

Professor Paul Johnson

Members of The University of Western Australia

The University of Western Australia is an institution recognised internationally for its pursuit of excellence. To ensure that members of our campus community and the wider communities in which we operate have confidence in this University, it is imperative that our employees and students act, and be seen to act, with ethics and integrity.

The Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct serve to communicate the expected ethical standards and standards of conduct required of all members of the University campus. Our success as an institution depends upon advancing the University’s good reputation through the promotion of a campus culture of fair and ethical behaviour.

The Codes serve as a ‘road map’ for those who are new to this large and complex organisation, providing direction on a range of ethical issues that members of our campus community may confront in their daily work or study. The Codes are also regularly reissued to existing members of staff, to serve as a reminder of the expectations and obligations that form part of the employment contract with the University.

The University of Western Australia is committed to promoting a campus culture of fair, respectful and ethical behaviour. The University is also committed to complying with all applicable laws and standards, and encourages the reporting of corrupt practices, breaches of the law and matters detrimental to the University or its reputation.

If you are unsure of your rights and obligations with respect to any matter that arises during your time with the University, you are encouraged to seek advice. Relevant staff to contact with respect to the policies identified in the Code of Ethics can be found at Appendix 2.

If in doubt about any decision or action you are about to take, ask yourself these questions:

  • Would I like to be spoken to or treated in this way?
  • Would I want my words or actions to be a matter of public record?
  • How will taking this action reflect on my character, or the reputation of the University?

Winthrop Professor Paul Johnson
January, 2014