The purpose of the Handweavers and Spinners Guild of NSW Inc. (The Guild) Code of Conduct is to set forth Handweavers and Spinners Guild of NSW Inc. standards of dignity, fairness and integrity. Abiding by this Code is essential for membership of the Guild and those who attend Guild events.

Ethical principles and core values

  • Honesty
  • Integrity
  • Trustworthiness
  • Respect for others, their cultures, and their intellectual property
  • Responsibility
  • Inclusivity
  • Empathy

The Handweavers and Spinners Guild of NSW Inc. (The Guild) is committed to providing a safe and respectful environment to all members, volunteers, and visitors. The Guild wishes to attract and retain talented members and create a positive environment for everyone.

The Guild does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, or Indigenous status. This is in accordance with the following NSW state laws and Australian federal laws regarding discrimination:

  • Sex Discrimination Act 1984;
  • Racial Discrimination Act 1975;
  • Disability Discrimination Act 1992;
  • Age Discrimination Act 2004;
  • Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986.

Conflict of interest

A conflict of interest is when a person’s personal interests conflict with their responsibility to act in the Guild’s best interests. A conflict of interest may be actual, potential or perceived, and financial or non-financial.

Conflicts of interest are common and do not have to be a serious problem. They can be managed by a discussion with the Executive of the Committee, who can help navigate a positive outcome for all parties.


The Guild believes in treating people with respect, reasonableness, dignity and empathy at all times. Harassment has no place in our Guild.

Harassment can involve physical, verbal or written behaviours that work to undermine an individual’s self-worth; it may be a single incident or ongoing behaviour. It can include actions, language, written words, or objects that create an intimidating or hostile environment, such as:

  • Yelling at or humiliating someone. Examples may be culturally insensitive jokes or language, comments about health issues or age.
  • Unreasonably timed requests: requests that cannot be fulfilled with the current resources, or requests to set someone up for failure
  • Physical violence or intimidation, unwanted touching
  • Unwanted sexual advances, invitations, or comments
  • Visual displays such as derogatory or sexually-oriented gestures
  • Threats or demands

The Guild’s policy prohibits intentional and unintentional harassment of all constituents, including, but not limited to, staff, contractors, tutors, volunteers, and members.


We are committed to ensuring a safe and respectful environment that is free of bullying. Bullying behaviour may be psychological, physical, or indirect (e.g. exclusion).

Bullying can include:

  • Spreading malicious gossip, lies or rumours
  • Deliberately ganging up on, excluding or isolating others
  • Constant unconstructive criticism.
  • Telling jokes at other’s expense or in the absence of the person
  • Withholding information, deliberately giving the wrong information, or inappropriately blaming someone
  • Criticising, belittling, or intimidating others or acting in an aggressive manner
  • Tampering with a person’s belongings, work, or equipment or impeding someone’s work
  • Having unreasonable work expectations
  • Giving nasty looks, making rude gestures, name-calling, being rude and impolite and negatively teasing others

Copyright and intellectual property

We take the intellectual property rights of others, as well as claims of copyright infringement seriously. We recognise that original artistic designs and teaching materials belong solely to the individual who created them and agrees not to use their work to make a personal profit without their express written consent. All materials contained in the Guild News, social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Ravelry, YouTube etc.), promotional material and on / are protected by Australian copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published, or broadcast without the prior written permission of the Guild or in the case of third-party materials, the owner of that content. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright, or other notice from copies of the content. You also must agree to acknowledge/tag The Guild in all public displays, e.g. social media posts etc.

If you choose to put your work in the Member’s Gallery or an exhibition, you agree to have your work attributed to you and be photographed for sales or promotional purposes.

Agreement and acknowledgement

All members of the Guild and attendees at Guild-sponsored events acknowledge that:

  • You have read the entire Code of conduct and understand your responsibilities
  • You agree to abide by its principles.
  • You have had the opportunity to ask questions to clarify any unclear aspects of the Code.
  • You agree to report to the Guild (Executive) any violations of the Code.

Any violations of this Code can result in disciplinary action, which, based on the circumstances of the individual case, could result in corrective action, including, but not limited to, termination of membership and/or expulsion from Guild-sponsored events. Those expelled from the Guild will not get a refund. (See HWSG NSW Inc. Rules July 2021: 5. RESOLUTION OF DISPUTES)

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