Code of Practice

A Code of Practice is a document that sets out specific standards of conduct for an industry in relation to its customers.

Usually, Codes of Practice are established through consultation with specific industry representatives and the community. They can be mandatory or voluntary:

Mandatory codes provide a minimum standard of protection to the consumers in particular industries. They are prescribed as regulations under fair trading laws and have the force of law.

Voluntary codes are a form of industry self-regulation. They can be sponsored by a particular industry association or they may be in partnership with a government agency. (Membership of an industry association may be a condition of the code). Voluntary industry codes are usually flexible and can be altered quickly in response to changing industry/consumer needs.

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External Links & References

  2. VicRoads Code of Practice Index
  3. Google Search
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