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Code of Conduct

The ACFID Code of Conduct (the Code) is a voluntary, self-regulatory industry code of good practice. The aim of the Code is to improve the outcomes of international development and increase stakeholder trust by enhancing the transparency and accountability of signatory organisations.

The Code is shaped by and reflects the diversity of ACFID Members. It accommodates their different approaches to aid and development by building on the shared values of accountability; transparency; protecting human rights; respect and engagement with communities; sustainable, fair and equitable solutions; and continuous improvement that underpins their work and informs the Code.

ACFID assists Members to meet their obligations under the Code through facilitating access to resources, providing advice and support and delivering training.
ACFID provides assurance to stakeholders through periodically updating the standards in the Code, monitoring and reporting on compliance with the Code and managing an independent complaints handling process.

About the Code

About the Code

Read about the purpose of the Code, its operation, signatory status, and how it is governed. 

Spotlight on the Code

The Spotlight on the Code series provides a thematic ‘deep dive’ into each of the nine Quality Principles in the ACFID Code of Conduct. 

Spotlight on the Code
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Good Practice Toolkit

The Good Practice Toolkit is provided as a supplement to the Code of Conduct, as a resource for members on how to implement the Code. 


This section outlines the responsibility to be taken by each Member to ensure compliance with the Code of Conduct.

Code Compliance
Code Complaints


Provides instruction on how to make a complaint and information on the Code’s independent mechanism to address concerns relating to an ACFID Members’ conduct.

Other Standards

The ACFID Code of Conduct sets a benchmark for good practice in the Australian NGO community, as well as being an organisational effectiveness and learning tool.

Other Standards