ASSDA Accreditation Code of Ethics and Practice

Accredited businesses of the Stainless Steel Specialists Register (SSSR) must:

  • Aspire to the highest level of business ethics, as generally expected by the business community.

  • Aspire to the highest level of industry competence through continued education, and by sharing ideas and experiences with other ASSDA Accredited businesses.

  • Be honest and thorough in all business dealing, including dealings with clients, clients' customers, specifiers and other in the stainless steel and related industries.

  • Undertake professional practice in a responsible, careful and diligent manner at all times and only in their relevant areas of expertise.

  • Not disclose any confidential information acquired in the course of professional practice unless required to do so by law.

  • Respect the privileges, rights and reputation of other accredited businesses of the SSSR.

  • Not engage in any activity constituting, or leading to, a conflict of interest.

  • Treat all persons fairly and equally, regardless of race, religion, gender, disability, age or ethnicity.

  • Only make public statements, express opinions or give evidence on adequate knowledge. Accredited businesses shall adhere to truth in advertising standards.

  • Strive to promote ASSDA Accreditation and its goals, as well as the stainless steel industry as a whole, through educational avenues, public relations opportunities and advertising media.

  • Communicate non-confidential information relating to other accredited businesses violation of the Code of Ethics and Practice to ASSDA.

  • Maintain appropriate levels of insurance cover throughout the full period of registration applicable to the particular state or territory of practice.

  • Enable a client or subcontractor to reach an informed opinion regarding its overall capacity in order to assess risk.

  • Be able to demonstrate its ability to manage and deliver projects within the specified time.

  • Establish and maintain effective systems to manage the risks to the health and safety of all personnel, arising from the nature of the work performed.

  • Abide by and endeavour to secure the widest possible acceptance of the Code of Ethics and Practice.


Richard Raper, Business Development Manager
SGM Fabrication and Construction Pty Ltd, ASSDA Accredited since January 2011

I would like to share the benefits of having our company SGM Fabrication and Construction gain ASSDA Accreditation a few years ago. We were quoting a large stainless steel fabricated (ANZAC memorial) bridge in Newcastle, our home. This bridge is a significant as the Harbour Bridge is to Sydney, and we wanted to build it. There was approximately 64 tonnes of stainless steel at stake and the client was not about to let just anyone fabricate and treat the final product as there were hundreds of thousands of dollars involved in the material costs alone.

The architect and design team were specifying for the fabricator to be accredited by ASSDA. This was our golden opportunity to jump on the wagon and drive the order straight to our door. We knew that there were some big players quoting against us and that the pricing would also be a factor. During the negotiations we had several meetings, and again, we had the opportunity to sell ourselves as an ASSDA Accredited company and promote our access to ASSDA's services, including the technical advisory service. I believe this was one of the biggest hurdles in winning the tender.

We won the tender in late September 2014 and finished construction in late February 2015, just in time for the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC day in 2015.

The application of stainless steel in Newcastle's ANZAC Memorial Walkway was published in Australian Stainless magazine issue 55. Read the article here.