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:
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:
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:
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.
Members of the APS who wish to lodge an Expression of Interest should complete the below Expression of Interest Form including:
Please contact: Assoc Prof Chris Willcox, Deputy Chair, APS Ethics Committee
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.