Code of Practice and Ethics

 
I make ethical decisions based on reason, empathy, and a concern for human beings and other sentient animals. I am therefore committed to adhere to a very high standard of ethics in all aspects of my role as an Authorised Marriage Celebrant.  I am also bound by the Attorney General's Code of Practice.

I am Proudly an Ethical Wedding Professional

 
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                  Ethical Wedding Professionalss an Ethical Wedding Professional, I am committed to providing excellence in the services and products I deliver, as well as conducting myself and my business in an ethical manner, and have made a Statutory Declaration (a legal undertaking that carries penalties for false statements) stating that I abide by the following Code Of Ethics :
  • Abide by all local and federal laws governing the industry in which I operate in.
  • Obtain and maintain current licenses and certificates as required by law.
  • Maintain adequate liability insurance.
  • Operate under a current ABN or ACN.
  • Operate my/our business in an honest and ethical manner.
  • Treat all clients with respect, a sense of cooperation and with concern for their welfare.
  • Personally and professionally treat peers and suppliers with the same respect in which I/we would wish to be treated.
  • With transparency, offer full disclosure to clients, any financial interest or payment, extending to and including monetary payment, exchange of service of value, referral or recommendation of services, products or venue.
  • Have no expectation or demand of payment for referral or recommendation including commissions, gifts or kickbacks.
  • Truly and honestly represent my/our business in all forms of marketing,  advertising and social media platforms.
  • Have the best interests at heart of the client and the wedding industry in general.
  • Aim to maintain a standard of excellence in honesty, ethics and standards within the wedding industry and ultimately aim to improve and lift these standards.
As a member of two large Celebrant Associations, I also adhere to those Association's Codes of Ethics:

International Association of Professional Wedding Officiants

 
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                  Professional Wedding OfficiantsO is a professional membership organization dedicated to the promotion and advancement of the wedding officiant profession worldwide. The Association has a strong focus on professional standards, industry outreach, and education. As a member   I adhere to the Association's  Code of Ethics which requires members to

  • Perform marriage ceremonies in accordance with all local, state, and national laws
  • Provide services to all couples, regardless of race, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, creed, color, sex, age, disability, or country of national origin of any party
  • Utilize a written, legal contract for all client services
  • Establish and charge a professional rate for their services
  • Accurately represent their services to clients honestly and fairly
  • Honor all commitments made to clients, venues, and other wedding professionals
  • Be on time for their weddings, and respectful of couples and their guests
  • Perform all ceremonies without being under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Foster an attitude of support, encouragement, and camaraderie among fellow officiants

Australian Federation of Civil Celebrants

 
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                  CelebrantsAs a member of the AFCC, the largest national association of celebrants in this country, I adhere to the Association's Code of Ethics which requires members:

  • To maintain the highest levels of business, professional and personal standards
  • To respect in all circumstances the privacy, confidentiality and trust expected by clients and members of the public
  • To provide sufficient, timely, transparent and accurate information about the range and extent of services available, the costs of those services and the functions and responsibilities accepted for and on behalf of clients
  • To respect the personal choices of clients, having due regard to the diversity of beliefs, cultural backgrounds and practices
  • To ensure that all personal advertising is in good taste and directed at informing the public without indicating any conflicts of interest
  • To be conversant with relevant Legislation and Regulations directly or indirectly applicable to celebrancy and to comply with such
  • To respect the ethical expectations of other professionals with whom I interact in my celebrancy activities
  • To inform and provide access to relevant client advisory services and authorities to facilitate mediation or resolution of any disputes that may arise and to co-operate with the resolution of any such disputes.