Principles and Rules of Ethics

Professional and ethical integrity

A high standard of professional and ethical integrity is paramount in Speech-Language Therapists’ fulfillment of professional responsibilities.

The NZSTA Principles and Rules of Ethics have five key principles and related ethical rules. These principles are:

  • Beneficence and non-maleficence
  • Professional competence
  • Promotion and development of the profession
  • Professional integrity
  • Fairness

Members of the public and association are encouraged to make a complaint through the Ethical Complaints Process if they believe that these principles and rules have been breached.

Ethical Procedure Committee

The Ethical Procedure Committee has the responsibility of reviewing ethical complaints made about NZSTA members. The committee is made up of the following members:

  • President of the NZSTA
  • Professional Standards portfolio leader
  • 2 elected members of NZSTA
  • 2 elected non speech-language therapy professionals of relevant background (e.g. teacher)
  • Consulting lawyer
  • Other appropriate representation on case-by-case basis

For more information around the Ethics Complaint Procedure or the Ethical Procedure Committee, please email

Health & Disability Commissioner Complaint

Alternatively, you can make a complaint directly to the Health & Disability Commissioner by clicking here.