Code of Practice
The Fitness Australia Code of Ethics of Registered Exercise Professionals and their practice requires its members to discharge their duties and responsibilities, at all times, in a manner which professionally, ethically, and morally compromises no individual with whom they have professional contact, irrespective of that person’s position, situation or condition in society.
The Code of Ethics is founded on honesty, veracity, confidentiality, justice, respect and autonomy.
The Code of Ethics is intended to act as a clear guide to all exercise professionals in their professional practice.
This Code does not replace the principles and procedures adopted by employing bodies, relevant legislation nor do they deny other rights within society not specifically mentioned.
Relationships with and Responsibilities to Clients
Beyond the necessary sharing of information with professional colleagues, exercise professionals are to safeguard confidential information relating to clients in accordance with privacy laws.
Exercise professionals shall not enter into personal relationships which damage the establishment and maintenance of professional trust.
Respecting Client’s Rights
Fitness professionals have a responsibility always to promote and protect the dignity, privacy, autonomy, and safety of all people with whom they come in contact in their professional practice. They should adhere to local procedures.
Exercise professionals have a responsibility to inform all clients of financial cost of any goods and services. Costs need to be fair and reasonable, reflecting the services provided.
Exercise professionals may advertise in connection with their professional practice if the advertising is not false, not misleading or deceptive or likely to mislead or deceive, is not vulgar or sensational, and does not claim or imply superiority of the exercise professional over any or all other exercise professionals. The advertisement for the exercise professional may contain a statement of the areas of expertise in practice.
Exercise professionals shall not discriminate in their professional practice, on the basis of ethnicity, culture, impairment, language, age, gender, sexual preference, religion, political beliefs or status in society.
Personal Abuse of Alcohol or Other Drugs
Exercise professionals should not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs which adversely affect the performance of their professional duties.
Professional Relationships and Responsibilities
Exercise professionals shall be loyal to their professional organisation and their fellow members of the profession and shall respect and uphold their dignity.
Exercise professionals are to ensure, when publishing articles or comments, that it is clear whether they are representing the profession or whether they are making personal comment.
Exercise professionals shall respect the needs, traditions, practices, special competencies, and responsibilities of their own and other professions, as well as those of the institutions and agencies that constitute their working environment.
All members of the fitness profession have an individual responsibility to maintain their own level of professional competence and each of them must strive to improve and update knowledge and skills. Exercise professionals as members of the profession shall promote and maintain practice based on current knowledge and research, and develop this body of knowledge as appropriate.
The exercise professional has a responsibility to contribute to the continuing development of the profession by critical evaluation of professional practice, research, apprenticeships, continuing education and membership of the professional association.
Exercise professionals undertaking research will seek ethical approval from relevant bodies prior to commencement. Any research undertaken has ethical requirements with which the exercise professional must comply.
The exercise professional must acknowledge the boundaries of their competence. They shall provide services and use interventions for which they are qualified by training and experience.
Referral of Clients
The exercise professional shall respond to referrals in a timely manner.
Keeping Records of Clients
The exercise professional shall keep records and reports clearly and concisely for the information of clients, professional colleagues, legal purposes and to record fitness services.
The Code of Ethics for Registered Exercise Professionals is currently under review. The complaint handling process for issues concerning Registered Exercise Professionals will be suspended until the review is complete and all related processes are confirmed. Complaints received in the interim period will be retained for future processing.