Accreditation Code of Ethics

This Code applies to all members of Economic Development Australia [EDA]. Members are bound by this Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.

  1. Members shall carry out their responsibilities in a manner to bring respect to the profession, the economic developer and the economic developer’s employer and/or
  2. Members shall practice with integrity, honesty, and adherence to the trust placed in them, both in fact and in
  3. Members will hold themselves free of any interest, influence, or relationship in respect to any professional activity when dealing with clients which could impair professional judgement or objectivity or which in the reasonable view of the observer, has that
  4. Members are mindful that they are representatives of the community and shall represent the overall community
  5. Members shall keep the community, elected officials, boards and other stakeholders informed about the progress and efforts of the area’s economic development
  6. Members shall maintain in confidence the affairs of any client, colleague or organisation and shall not disclose confidential information obtained in the course of professional
  7. Members shall openly share information with the governing body according to protocols established by that body. Such protocols shall be disclosed to the clients and the
  8. Members shall cooperate with peers to the betterment of economic development techniques, ability and practice, and to strive to perfect themselves through training and educational opportunities.
  9. Members must not use, or seek to use, accreditation in a manner, or for a purpose, that may bring EDA or the accreditation into disrepute.
  10. Members must not use the nominals on correspondence when providing written character references to support or promote family, friend or business associates or when signing statements or letters about personal matters.
  11. EDA members accept this code of ethics when using the nominals. The code is available for members review at any time. The EDA Board reserves the right to update this code at any time.


Code of ethics endorsed by EDA Board: 3 September 2020.