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Greenhouse and Energy Auditor Code of Conduct

  1. A registered greenhouse and energy auditor must abide by the principles set out in:
    • subregulations (2) to (7)—while preparing for, carrying out, or assisting in carrying out, a Part 6 audit and in preparing audit reports
    • subregulations (8) and (9)—when the auditor is engaged in marketing or self-promotion as a registered greenhouse and energy auditor
    • subregulation (10)—in relation to other audit team members if the auditor is an audit team leader, and
    • subregulation (11)—in other situations not specifically mentioned above.

Compliance with the law

  1. The auditor must comply with laws and regulations applicable to registered greenhouse and energy auditors and the conduct of Part 6 audits.

Integrity

  1. The auditor must behave with integrity and in particular:
    • must be straightforward and honest in professional and business relationships relating to the carrying out of the audit and deal fairly with persons involved in the audit, and
    • must not allow his or her name to be associated with reports, returns, communications or other information relating to the carrying out of the audit (audit material) if he or she believes that the audit material:
      • contains a materially false or misleading statement
      • contains statements that have been furnished recklessly, or
      • omits or obscures information required to be included where the omission or obscurity would be misleading.

Objectivity

  1. The auditor must behave with objectivity and in particular:
    • must not compromise his or her professional judgment because of bias, conflict of interest or the undue influence of others that may arise during the audit, and
    • must avoid relationships that bias or unduly influence his or her professional judgment in relation to the audit.
  2. The auditor must not accept gifts given by the audited body or someone associated with the audited body.
  3. A reference in 5 to the auditor accepting gifts:
    • includes a member of the auditor’s immediate family accepting gifts and hospitality, and
    • includes the auditor accepting hospitality.

Professional competence and due care

  1. The auditor must behave with competence and due care and in particular:
    • must act in accordance with the requirements of the Audit Determination
    • must act carefully, thoroughly and on a timely basis
    • must make the audited body aware of limitations inherent in the audit
    • must maintain sufficient professional knowledge and skill to ensure that he or she is able to carry out the audit, and
    • if the auditor is the audit team leader—must ensure that the other team members have appropriate training and supervision.

Marketing and promotion

  1. In marketing or self-promotion as a registered greenhouse and energy auditor, the auditor must be honest and truthful and must not:
    • make exaggerated claims about:
      • the audit services he or she provides
      • his or her qualifications, or
      • his or her experience gained as an auditor, or
    • make disparaging references or unsubstantiated comparisons to the work of other registered greenhouse and energy auditors or members of an audit team who are not registered greenhouse and energy auditors.
  2. The auditor must not attempt to sell other services to the audited body to avoid impairing the independence of the auditor’s ability to provide audit services under these Regulations.

Obligation on audit team leaders

  1. If the auditor is an audit team leader, he or she must ensure that the other audit team members comply with the Code of Conduct when assisting in carrying out the audit.

Professional behaviour

  1. The auditor must avoid any action that may bring discredit to the auditor or greenhouse and energy auditors generally.

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