EOI closed 5pm Friday 27 January 2017

General Information

Composition of the Ethics Committee – The Ethics Committee comprises the Chair, Deputy Chair and up to seven other Members of the APS appointed by the Board. (Ethics Rules 3.1)

Term of membership of the Ethics Committee – Members of the Ethics Committee are each appointed for a term of two years and may serve a maximum of two consecutive terms of two years. At the end of four consecutive years, members must be absent from the Committee for a minimum of 12 months before being eligible for consideration for re-appointment. (Ethics Rules 3.3)

Operational details – The Ethics Committee operates within specific rules and procedures adopted as Standing Orders of the Board of Directors and will form subcommittees to undertake specific time limited tasks. The Committee mostly meets by audio-conference with one face-to-face meeting in the National Office as needed, and at such times determined by the Chair. The Manager Member Services and Ethics from the National Office will be responsible for providing administrative support to the Ethics Committee.

Reporting relationships – The Ethics Committee reports to the Board.

Attributes and competencies of Members of the Ethics Committee – The following attributes and competencies required to be an effective Member of the Ethics Committee have been provided to guide members when they are considering responding to this Call for Expressions of Interest:

  • a strong understanding of principles of natural justice and procedural fairness;
  • an ability to be objective and impartial;
  • integrity and discretion in dealing with matters affecting fellow members;
  • have a strong knowledge of the APS Code of Ethics and ethical issues;
  • the commitment and ability to devote time to be involved in learning, implementing and following the Rules and Procedures of the Ethics Committee;
  • an interest in supporting the membership; and
  • the ability to work constructively as part of the Ethics Committee team.

Terms of Reference of the Ethics Committee

The primary objective of the Ethics Committee is to assist the Board to discharge its responsibilities in particular with regard to the requirements of Clause 95 of the Constitution and the following:

  1. investigate allegations or complaints of breaches of the Code of Ethics by members of the APS and in certain circumstances, of applicants for membership
  2. recommend to the Board action to be taken against or in relation to any member of the APS, who, in its opinion, has breached the Code of Ethics; and
  3. educate members of the APS about ethical standards.

Constitution – Clause 95

The purposes of the Ethics Committee are to assist members of the APS to achieve and maintain ethical conduct at the highest professional level, to educate members of the APS in regard to ethical standards, to protect the public against unethical conduct by members of the APS, and to assist the APS to achieve its objectives as stated or envisaged in its Constitution and Rules. The Committee is authorised to:

  1. develop and formulate principles and standards in relation to conduct of all ethics matters involving members of the APS for recommendation to the Board;
  2. develop and formulate Standing Orders relating to the conduct of all ethics matters for recommendation to the Board;
  3. from time to time, review the then existing principles and standards in relation to the ethical conduct of members of the APS and Standing Orders relating to the conduct of ethical matters, and recommend changes to the Board;
  4. investigate (or cause to be investigated) allegations or complaints of breaches of the Code by members of the APS irrespective of whether they are still members and, in certain circumstances, of applicants for membership;
  5. recommend to the Board action to be taken against or in relation to any member of the APS who, in its opinion, has breached the Code;
  6. report to the Board and to the members of the APS on the types of complaints evaluated by it;
  7. take such actions consistent with the Constitution, the Rules, the Code and Standing Orders, which it considers necessary or appropriate for achieving its purposes or objectives; and
  8. delegate appropriate tasks to Subcommittees of the Ethics Committee, or to employees of the APS, as it considers necessary or appropriate for achieving its purposes or objectives.

Selection process

At the first Board meeting after the close of this Call for Expressions of Interest, the Board will review the Expressions of Interest received and appoint Members of the Ethics Committee effective February 2017.

The Board will appoint Members whose contribution the Board believes will enable the Ethics Committee to best meet its objectives.

Lodging an Expression of Interest

Members of the APS who wish to lodge an Expression of Interest should complete the below Expression of Interest Form including:

  • providing the required personal information; – attaching a curriculum vitae; and
  • completing a background information statement having regard to the Terms of Reference of the Ethics Committee, setting out the knowledge, experience and qualities that they would bring to the role of Member of the Ethics Committee (max 500 words).

For further information

Please contact: Assoc Prof Chris Willcox, Deputy Chair, APS Ethics Committee
Email: chris.willcox@hnehealth.nsw.gov.au

Expressions of Interest need to be submitted no later than the closing date of 5pm, Friday 27 January 2017

The Board of Directors of The Australian Psychological Society Limited is seeking Expressions of Interest from Members of the APS interested in the position of Member of the Ethics Committee to the Board commencing effective February 2017.

The Board establishes specialist committees from time to time to delegate certain powers and responsibilities to those committees. The powers exercised by such committees are deemed to have been exercised by the Board and the final recommendations of such committees are reviewed and confirmed, varied or set aside by the Board. Delegated powers must be exercised in accordance with the directions of the Board and the activities of such committees are reported to the Board on a regular basis.

The primary objective of the Ethics Committee is to assist the Board to discharge its responsibilities in particular with regard to the requirements of Clause 95 of the Constitution, ensuring that members of the APS achieve and maintain ethical conduct at the highest professional level. The Ethics Committee operates within specific rules and procedures adopted by the Board.