Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Fitness Australia releases new industry code of ethics

Fitness Australia releases new industry code of ethics
June 10, 2020

Fitness Australia has released its new Code of Ethical Conduct providing members with comprehensive guidance on expected standards of industry behaviour.

Releasing the document, Fitness Australia explains on its website that the updated Code of Ethical Conduct “better demonstrates our commitment to best practice and working with clients, with a larger section on both of these areas of service delivery.”

Explaining the background to the development of the code of ethics, the peak body advises “the new decade has commenced with a tumultuous start to say the least (and) the health and fitness industry has been shaken to its core.

“But rather than fall apart, we have come together as a sector and made positive changes to better serve our community … demonstrating our shared values and commitment to excellence more than ever.”

With Fitness Australia having embarked upon a project to update its former Code of Ethics for Exercise Professionals at the beginning of this year, it explains that “this new document represents not just the conduct by which we as an industry agree to act, but the standards and values we chose to hold up for our communities.”

The updating included the review of international fitness industry codes along with Australian health, allied health and education codes with the first draft of the new Code of Ethical Conduct created in consultation with the Australian Fitness Industry Standards Council (AFISC) and the fitness industry - businesses and professionals - who reviewed and made significant alterations to the existing Code of Ethics.

Development saw the draft Code was disseminated to industry (to businesses and AusREPs via email and promoted on social media for feedback throughout February and March 2020 resulting in a number of adjustments.

These recommendations were addressed and again presented to the AFISC on 9th April.

With the Code approved in principle by AFISC, final legal advice from partners Meridian Lawyers enabled its publication.

Commenting on elements of the new code, Fitness Australia advised “we have added some expectations around providing a culturally safe and inclusive practice, highlighting our commitment to diversity and inclusion in the health and fitness community.

“In recognition of the collaborative nature of the health and fitness profession, which we’ve seen front and centre as together we have faced down and overcome a global pandemic, we have (also) brought mentoring and supervision into the Code to benefit the future generations of exercise professionals.

“Additionally, AFISC and the Board has approved a Complaints and Disciplinary Procedure in relation to the new Code of Ethical Conduct. Credible Codes require structured complaints handling and disciplinary procedures to ensure there is accountability for the industry.

“The Procedure outlines the steps involved with a complaint (and any disciplinary process required) that may be associated with the Code of Ethical Conduct.

“By having a formal structured process and the support of an independent party for any necessary disciplinary action associated with complaints received by Fitness Australia, we are able to give members confidence that this Code of Ethical Conduct is a standard we intend to uphold across the industry.

Click here to download and view the Code of Ethical Conduct.

Related Articles

4th June 2020 - Industry plan prompts Queensland Government to allow fitness clubs to operate with more than 20 exercisers

4th June 2020 - Fitness First Australia announces reopening of all clubs

29th May 2020 - Fitness Australia releases Checklist to ensure gyms offer safe environments when reopening

23rd May 2020 - Fitness Australia says governments should put peoples’ health and wellbeing above a drink at the pub

11th May 2020 - Fitness Australia launches Service Excellence Program

8th May 2020 - Fitness Australia welcomes Federal Government’s Coronavirus relaxations that focus on importance of exercise

7th May 2020 - Federal Department of Industry video profiles the fitness industry and Fitness Australia

6th May 2020 - Fitness Australia survey finds Australians keen to renew gym memberships

1st May 2020 - Fitness Australia report shows massive impact of Coronavirus closures on the industry

23rd April 2020 - Fitness Australia says gyms can safely reopen within strict framework

2nd April 2020 - Fitness Australia encourages Australians to ‘Keep on Moving’

29th March 2020 - Fitness Australia calls for authorities to practice common sense over filming online training

24th March 2020 - Fitness Australia shares clarification on what constitutes a gym

23rd March 2020 - Fitness Australia calls for urgent government clarification around gym closures

20th September 2019 - Fitness Australia looks for constitution changes to add registered personal trainers on board

29th January 2019 - Fitness Australia introduce new Continuing Education pathways for professionals

16th November 2018 - Fitness Australia releases first-ever National Fitness Industry Code of Practice

8th September 2017 - Fitness Australia introduces Nutrition Advice guidelines for AusREPs


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

COMMERCIAL AQUATICS AUSTRALIA

Commercial Aquatics Australia provides aquatic solutions nationwide and is one of the largest and most experienced companies specialising in the design, construction, renovation, service, maintenance…

read more

Aquatics / Design / Play / Waterparks

 
 

The Jump Pad

The Jump Pad is a safe, flat inflatable made in a variety of sizes which can be used indoor or outdoor. From 3mx3m up to a whopping 9mx21m. Markets include Indoor and outdoor playgrounds, schools,…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Play

 
 

HIDROPLAY

Hidroplay welcomes you to the exciting world of children's Playscapes, waterslide's and Water Attractions. Appealing to families, Hidroplay increases patronage in your facility during those…

read more

Aquatics / Play / Recreation

 
 

Digonex

Digonex is a leading provider of customised dynamic pricing solutions to clients in arts and entertainment, sport, attractions, cultural institutions and retail sectors. Digonex’s technology is…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Sport / Technology / Ticketing

 
 

Worldwide Sports Management

Principal Consultant Simon Weatherill has spent the last 20 years developing the world renowned Melbourne Sports Hub, as former Chief Executive Officer of the State Sports Centres Trust…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Recreation / Sport / Venues

 
 

VIVATICKET

As of the 1st July 2018, Enta Australasia Pty Ltd/Best Union has been rebranded as VIVATICKET Pty Ltd.  19th July 2018 - ENTA AUSTRALASIA REBRANDS AS VIVATICKET 17th October 2016…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Sport / Ticketing / Venues

 
 

SportEng

SPORTENG are experts in the planning, design and construction inspection of sport Fields of Play

read more

Consultants / Recreation / Sport / Surfaces / Venues

 
 

DEBITSUCCESS

Over the past 10 years Debitsuccess has been providing expert billing services to businesses across Australia. Debitsuccess is now the largest full service direct debit provider in Australasia,…

read more

Billing / Finance / Fitness / Golf / Recreation

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business