Ramlal, a farmer from Rajasthan, India, received training from Tearfund’s partner EFICOR in new and sustainable ways of farming. He learned about kitchen gardening and sustainable agriculture, and began rearing cattle and growing fruit, vegetables and grains, which he sells at the market. He now earns enough to be able to feed and support his family. Photo: Lambard Regulus, EFICOR/Tearfund.
The ACFID Board is supported by two permanent governance sub-committees, the Finance and Audit Committee and the Membership Admissions Committee, and one independent governance committee – the Code of Conduct Committee (CCC). These committees report to the Board at each of their quarterly meetings.
Finance and Audit Committee
The purpose of the Finance and Audit Committee is to assist the Board of ACFID to fulfil their corporate governance and oversight responsibilities in relation to financial reporting, internal control structure, risk management systems and the external audit functions.
All members of the Committee are appointed by the Board.
The Committee has a minimum of three members including a minimum of two members drawn from the Board. The Committee has at least one external member, appointed by the Board to provide complementary skills and experience as required. The membership of the Committee should provide sufficient experience in financial reporting, accounting, audit and risk management.
The current membership of the Finance and Audit Committee is comprised of:
- Three Members of the ACFID Board
- Two External Members, appointed by the Board.
The roles and responsibilities of the Finance and Audit Committee are described in the Terms of Reference found here.
Membership Admissions Committee
The primary purpose of the Membership Admissions Committee (MAC) is to review applications from organisations that want to become members of ACFID and to make recommendations to the Code of Conduct Committee (CCC) and ACFID’s Board.
The Membership Admission Committee is made up of:
- Two Members of ACFID Board.
- Two Members of the ACFID Code of Conduct Committee.
The roles and responsibilities of the Membership Admissions Committee are described in the Terms of Reference of the ACFID MAC.
Code of Conduct Committee (CCC)
ACFID’s Code of Conduct is independently governed on behalf of the ACFID Board and ACFID Council by the ACFID Code of Conduct Committee.
Code of Conduct Committee
Alan has extensive experience in public and private sector governance, serving as the Chair of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) for seven years. Prior to that he was Commonwealth and Defence Force Ombudsman and a judicial member of the NSW Equal Opportunity Tribunal and Chair of the Business Law Section of the Law Council of
Australia. Since leaving ASIC in 2000, Alan has been both a company director and involved in regulatory projects, law reform and governance reviews of various kinds in Australia and overseas. He was Deputy Chancellor of the University of Sydney and a previous Chair of the Sydney Peace Foundation, the NSW Law Reform Commission and the Tristan Jepson
Memorial Foundation, which addresses well-being in the legal profession. Alan is currently Chair of the Legal Services Council and Chair of .au Domain Administration Limited. He was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia in 1997, and as an Officer in 2011.
Code of Conduct Committee
The CCC operates independently of ACFID’s Board, with the responsibility of granting, suspending and revoking Code of Conduct signatory status; compliance assessments; and investigating and adjudicating complaints.
The CCC works with ACFID’s Board and Secretariat to develop and administer the Code of Conduct, promote the Code, and educate signatories about the Code.
The Committee is made up of:
- An independent honorary chair
- Six members elected by and from the Council of ACFID members;
- one appointed representative of the Australian community
- up to three specialist-based appointed positions, with skills and experience in accordance with current requirements of the Committee.
Committee members serve three-year terms and can serve up to two terms.
The roles and responsibilities of the Code of Conduct Committee are described in the Terms of Reference for the ACFID Code of Conduct Committee.
The position description for the role of Code of Conduct Committee member can be found here.
The CCC meets four times each year. Communiques of each meeting are produced so that ACFID’s members can read and understand the work of the CCC. You can download these using the links below. If you have questions about the CCC, please email [email protected]
Suspension of Code Signatory Status
No suspensions at this time.
The Board is also informed by a number of non-governance expert reference groups. These groups report to the Chief Executive Officer and as required to the Board, and play an important role in building the knowledge and capacity of the sector. Read more here.
ACFID is part of a separate joint NGO-DFAT committee, the Committee for Development Cooperation, which is composed of representatives from ACFID members and DFAT appointees.
ACFID also operates a range of thematic, geographic and functional member-led communities of practice called Communities of Practice.