The SLIANZ Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct were revised and approved in July 2012. A summary of the Core Values and General Principles is given here.
The guiding principles in the Code of Ethics are based on key values that both interpreters and consumers agree are necessary to provide a quality service. These values are especially significant to the Deaf community, many of whom use interpreting services frequently in many domains of everyday life. These core values are:
Respect: for consumers and other professionals, including being responsive to the diversity of language styles and preferences of Deaf consumers.
Integrity: honesty, consistency and trustworthiness in professional and personal dealings with consumers.
Non-discrimination: fair, equal treatment of all consumers and a non-judgmental attitude in providing service.
SLIANZ also acknowledges that its purpose of upholding ethical, high quality interpreting practice accords with the objective of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (2008) to promote Deaf people’s equitable access in society.