APDG Ethics


Members of the Australian Production Design Guild are governed by the APDG constitution, and are expected to comply with the following code of conduct:

  1. Treat everyone with respect, fairness and courtesy and without harassment of any kind.
  2. Behave in an ethical and responsible manner.
  3. Support the aims and values of the APDG.
  4. Act with care, honesty, diligence and responsibility when conducting APDG business.
  5. Be aware of potential conflicts of interests and make declaration of any such conflict, or perceived conflict.
  6. Maintain appropriate confidentiality in relation to APDG business.
  7. Use APDG resources in a proper manner.
  8. Behave in a way that at all times upholds the integrity and reputation of the APDG.


APDG members are also encouraged to:

  1. Share, where possible, knowledge and skills so as to continually improve standards in the profession.
  2. Advocate for the retention of copyright by the designer in their original artworks and/or a fair stake in the profits of the original designs.
  3. Advocate for the designer’s right to obtain a record of their design work for the purpose of career development and promotion.
  4. Promote fair pay and conditions for designers and their associates.
  5. Uphold and dignify the status of designers and their associates within the industry.
  6. Communicate in clear language all the terms and conditions of commissions and contracts.
  7. Refuse to participate in any practice that violates federal, state or local laws in Australia and to aspire to best possible professional practice both in Australia and overseas.


The APDG is governed by the APDG Constitution and the supporting APDG Rules.