The Australia Photographic Society inc (“the APS”) is a non-profit Incorporated Association
When joining the APS, members have opportunities to use the APS brand as part of their photographic activities. These opportunities include, but are not limited to:
- Using APS Honours achievements
- Identifying as a member of APS or
- As an approved APS Committee Role (ie: President, General Committee Member, Chair of a Group)
Identification or use of APS branding can be varied and includes, but is not limited to:
- As part of an email signature
- On a personal or professional websites
- When submitting into competitions
- When representing the APS in some official capacity
To support the APS brand, all members of the APS shall be bound by this Code of Conduct.
Members have a right to:
- Be treated fairly, equally and with respect by the APS its committees and other members.
- Socialise in an environment free from all forms of harassment and discrimination.
- Privacy and confidentiality concerning records, documentation and any other communication containing a member’s personal information, unless consent is otherwise provided.
- Be informed and actively involved in all APS events and offerings.
- Voice their opinions, requirements and suggestions to the Management Committee, Sub-Committees or other approved APS Groups.
- Treat other members, guests, staff of venues and other patrons (where an APS function is being held) fairly, equally and with respect and courtesy.
- Behave responsibly and ensure they conduct themselves in a manner which will not injure the reputation of the APS, its events, organisers, participants or sponsors.
- Not physically or verbally harass others.
- Report any inappropriate behaviour of a member to the APS Management Committee for action and follow up.
- Abide by the APS Code of Conduct and uphold the Rules of Association and Code of Conduct of the APS.
- Pay any fees in relation to an event, or offering (e.g. tickets or memberships) which that member has committed to, regardless of whether the member attends the event or not.
- Notify the APS Administration of any changes to address or details of dependants.
- Not use their membership privileges to purchase tickets to any event or other offering, at a membership price, for non-members of the Association (except for parties entitled to such prices as nominated from time to time).
- If on selling a ticket to an event which the member has booked on to and paid membership rates, if the ticket is sold to a non-member, the non-member price must be paid for by the recipient of the ticket and then the difference on forwarded to the Association.
Breaches of this Code of Conduct:
- Any member not behaving in accordance with the terms of the Code of Conduct at an event of the APS may be asked to leave the function and will not be entitled to a refund of any monies paid.
- The inappropriate behaviour of any members will be investigated, discussed and an appropriate course of action will be taken through the APS Disciplinary Process, which may be subject to a reprimand, suspension or revocation of membership.
- Breaches will be managed through APS Disciplinary Process as set out in the Rules of Association
- Members should also be familiar with Rules and Policies of the APS including
- APS Conflict of Interest Framework
- Ethics Statement & APS Ethics in Photography: one perspective
- Copyright and Policies
- APS Competition Rules (these will be published as part of the Competition promotion and relevant to each APS competition)
- Failure to comply with any of these Rules and Policies may be considered a breach of the APS Code of Conduct