The priority for the new Public Affairs Board Executive Committee is to develop a Public Affairs Code in consultation with the industry. The Public Affairs Code will replace the existing APPC Code of Conduct and PRCA Public Affairs and Lobbying Code of Conduct, and apply to all members in their conduct of public affairs.
Until the new Public Affairs Code is finalised, there will be no change to the status quo: the APPC Code of Conduct will apply to members of the former association; the PRCA Public Affairs and Lobbying Code will apply to PRCA members; and members of both the APPC and PRCA are accountable to both codes. The process for complaints arising from the APPC Code of Conduct is here. The process for complaints arising from the PRCA Public Affairs and Lobbying Code is here. Once the new Public Affairs Code is finalised, one independent disciplinary process will exist alongside this, based on the existing structures of both bodies.