2016 Revised Code of Conduct

On December 1 2016, ACFID members agreed to a revised Code of Conduct.  This revised Code of Conduct was developed through extensive consultation over 2015-16 and will be launched on 1 June 2017.  While the revised Code looks quite different from the current Code, much of the content will be familiar to members and stakeholders. 

The Revised Code builds on the strengths of the current Code whilst at the same time responding to changes in our operating environment, standards of good practice and aspirations since the Code was last reviewed in 2010.

The Revised Code is built around a new architecture with two key components:

How is the revised Code different from the Current Code?

The main changes to the Code include:

  •  a revised purpose and objectives.
  • a revised set of values.
  • 9 principles, 32 commitments and 89 compliance indicators which replace the 54 principles and 145 obligations in the current Code.
  • strengthened compliance assessment on application for new Members.
  • triennial rather than annual compliance self-assessment for existing Members.
  • a new set of good practice indicators which will facilitate continuous improvement.
  • improved guidelines, templates and tools distributed via a revised Good Practice Toolkit and Code portal to support compliance and move towards good practice.

For more information on changes and their implication see Frequently Asked Questions.

When will the Revised Code come into effect?

The revised Code of Conduct will be launched on 1 June 2017.

During the first half of 2017, ACFID will update all Code-related policies, processes and tools to reflect the revised Code. This will include updating tools such as the Good Practice Toolkit  Compliance portal and compliance reporting tools.

The process for reporting against the revised Code will begin with a sample of agencies that have a June 2017 financial year end that will be required to report to ACFID against the revised Code by 30 November 2017. The assessment will be against the same requirements as used for new Member applicants. This will ensure that by the end of the three-year transition period all Member agencies will have been externally verified against the same set of Compliance Indicators.  Members will be advised well in advance about their reporting timetable and reporting requirements.

More information regarding compliance mechanisms and reporting requirements will be provided in early 2017.

For more information on the transition to the revised Code, please contact the Code of Conduct Secretariat – [email protected]

Code Review Process

The review of the ACFID Code of Conduct starting in September 2015. As outlined in the Terms of Reference the review focused on i) the relevance of the Code in light of the changing role of NGOs; ii) refining the purpose and objectives of the Code; iii) aligning the Code with emerging global standards; iv) removing overlap between and addressing gaps within existing standards; v) ensuring the obligations and associated means for verification are fit for purpose.

The Code review process began with the development of a Code review discussion paper and facilitated discussions with the representative decision making bodies of ACFID.  The results of those discussions informed the development of a Propositions Paper and a new architecture for a revised Code of Conduct

Following feedback on these documents from ACFID members, committees and the Board, the Code review team developed the consultation draft of a revised Code of Conduct.