This Agreement was last modified on June 11, 2014
By entering this site you agree to abide by WIRES Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics WIRES Code of Conduct . The WIRES Board and State Council is the peak governing body of the organisation and as such must ensure that the principles, values, standards or rules of behaviour that guide the decisions, procedures of the organisation are upheld and that these decisions contribute to the welfare of its stakeholders and that the rights of all constituents affected by its operations.
WIRES Policy 2.1 Code of Conduct
Code of Conduct was adopted on the 11th November 2006, adopted with amendments 13th December 2008.
- Behave honestly and with integrity in the course of all WIRES activities
- Act with care and diligence in the course of all WIRES activities
- When acting in the course of WIRES activities, treat everyone, regardless of ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, socio-economic circumstances, political or religious beliefs, with respect, courtesy and without any form of harassment whether real or implied
- When acting in the course of all WIRES activities, comply with all applicable laws and NPWS/DECCW license conditions
- Comply with WIRES Constitution, Policies and Procedures
- Comply with all reasonable direction given by someone in WIRES who has authority to give the direction, e.g. Animal Officers/Coordinators
- Maintain appropriate confidentiality and discretion about dealings with all other wildlife carers, whether they be WIRES or non-WIRES
- Disclose, and take reasonable steps to avoid, any conflict of interest (real or apparent) in connection with WIRES activities and positions of office
- Use WIRES resources in a proper manner with due regard for the fact that they represent the expenditure of public money
- Not provide false or misleading information in response to a request for information that is made for official purposes in connection with the volunteers membership activities
- Not make improper use of any position, duties, status, power of authority, in order to gain or seek to gain, a benefit or advantage for the member or for any other person
- Avoid wherever possible conflicts of interest and recognise and declare any situation which has the potential for a conflict of interest
- At all times behave in a way that upholds WIRES values and the integrity and good reputation of WIRES
- Not make any public statement on behalf of WIRES without the approval of the Branch Management Committee or WIRES Council
- Recognise that majority decisions of properly constituted WIRES Management Committees are binding on all members under the jurisdiction of those Committees.
Code of Ethics
Adopted by WIRES Inc. 1st September 2007
Based on the US National Wildlife Rehabilitation Association and International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council Code of Ethics
A wildlife rehabilitator should strive to achieve high standards of care for native fauna throughknowledge and an understanding of the field. Continuing efforts must be made to keepinformed of current rehabilitation information, methods, and regulations.A wildlife rehabilitator should be responsible, conscientious, and dedicated, and shouldcontinuously work toward improving the quality of care given to native fauna undergoing rehabilitation
A wildlife rehabilitator must abide by local, state, and federal laws concerning wildlife, wildliferehabilitation and associated activities
A wildlife rehabilitator should establish and maintain safe working habits and conditions
A wildlife rehabilitator should acknowledge limitations and enlist the assistance of aveterinarian, or other trained professional when appropriate.
A wildlife rehabilitator should respect other rehabilitators and persons in related fields, sharingskills and knowledge in the spirit of cooperation for the welfare of native fauna.
A wildlife rehabilitator should place optimum animal care above personal gain.A wildlife rehabilitator should strive to provide professional and humane care in all phases ofwildlife rehabilitation, respecting the wildness and maintaining the dignity of each animal in lifeand in death.
Releasable native fauna should be maintained in a wild condition and releasedas soon as appropriate.
Non-releasable animals, which are inappropriate for education, foster parenting,or captive breeding have a right to euthanasia.
A wildlife rehabilitator should encourage community support and involvement through volunteertraining and public education.
The common goal should be to promote a responsible concern for living beings and the welfare of the environment.
A wildlife rehabilitator should work on the basis of sound ecological principles, incorporating appropriate conservation ethics and an attitude of stewardship. In particular, there must be afocus on the preservation of habitat for native fauna.
A wildlife rehabilitator should conduct all business and activities in a professional manner, withhonesty, integrity, compassion, and commitment, realizing that an individual's conduct reflects on the entire field of wildlife rehabilitation.
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