Background Information

Social media are a group of online applications which are designed to allow information to be created, shared, discussed and disseminated. Social media include the sites, tools, channels and platforms used to publish user-generated content and promote social connections and conversations.

Social media provide opportunities to build communities and to encourage dialogue through the exploration and consideration of diverse thoughts and views. Re-think Re-engage Australia (RRA) embraces the use of social media by RRA Board Directors, employees and volunteers and affiliates to connect with each other and a broader community of researchers, business partners, supporters and colleagues as an important tool of government, community and business engagement.

With the rapid growth and application of social media, RRA recognises the need to have a policy and guidelines, which ensure that those who use social media, either as part of their job, study, association with the RRA or in a personal capacity, have guidance on the RRA expectations where social media are used.

Policy Statement

Personal and professional use of social media by RRA Board Directors, employees and volunteers and affiliates must not:

  • Bring RRA into disrepute
  • Compromise the effectiveness of the RRA
  • Defame individuals or organisations
  • Imply RRA endorsement of personal views
  • Disclose, without authorisation, confidential information and
  • This policy applies to all social media.

Policy Purpose

The RRA expects that RRA Board Directors, employees and volunteers and affiliates who contribute to social media will familarise themselves with this policy and related guidelines, and will act responsibly in references to RRA in their social media and online activities.

This policy should be read in conjunction with all other RRA policies, including the Code of Conduct for All Staff and Email Messaging Policy and the Privacy Statement.

Principles

The following five principles apply to the use of social media RRA Board Directors, employees and volunteers and affiliates:

  • Show respect for human dignity and adhere to the RRA mission and values
  • Do not use social media to bring RRA, staff or affiliates into disrepute
  • Do not imply RRA endorsement of personal views
  • Ensure confidentiality of information obtained through the RRA is maintained
  • Do not use social media to the detriment of RRA activities.

Application of Policy

This policy applies where a person is a RRA Board Directors, employees and volunteers and affiliates. This policy also applies to affiliates, which include: Contractors; Consultants or any other persons who participate in social media and who may be identified as having an association with RRA.

Consequences of Breach

Breach of this policy will be dealt with in accordance with the RRA Code of Conduct for All Staff and Staff Conduct and Discipline, and may lead to disciplinary action.

Where inappropriate use under this policy constitutes a breach of any law, action may also be taken in accordance with that law by RRA or concerned third parties.

Policy Authorisation

Policy Applies to: All Staff

Version: 2.0

Approval Authority: President

Approval date: 18 July 2017

Updated: 30 March 2018

Review date: 18 July 2019