Ubirr, Kakadu National Park. Photo: Nicholas Hall
Ubirr, Kakadu National Park. Photo: Nicholas Hall 

Principles and ethics

Stepwise Heritage and Tourism associates endorse the following principles and recognise the need for their professional practice to:

  1. create appropriate space/s for productive discussion amongst people involved in processes. This includes attention to appropriate settings for gender, age, language, literacy and different knowledge traditions;
  2. recognise participants as the authors of the content which the process generates;
  3. actively use the principles of participatory planning and group leadership;
  4. include action learning formats in programs to enable ‘learning through doing’ capacity building;
  5. facilitate access to information to enable informed decision making;
  6. promote self reliance and initiative along action pathways;
  7. demonstrate a high level of flexibility in adapting processes to different settings, formats and participants;
  8. strive for sustainable outcomes for land, culture, community, families and businesses;
  9. strive for balance in representing complex dynamics and promote realistic self assessment based on the information provided; and
  10. encourage responsibility, respect and reciprocity between visitors and local communities.

In addition, we endorse the Statement of Values and Code of Ethics of the International Association of Facilitators (IAF).