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The ACFID Code of Conduct (the Code) sets out 9 Quality Principles and 33 Commitments. The Quality Principles describe high level principles of practice that, taken together, contribute to quality development and humanitarian outcomes and increased stakeholder trust. Each Quality Principle has a set of associated Commitments. The Commitments are the behaviours that apply directly to ACFID’s members and to which members commit.

The Code is underpinned by a set of values which inform the behaviours of all ACFID’s members all of the time. These Values are:

  • INTEGRITY- We act with honesty and are guided by ethical and moral principles in all that we do
  • ACCOUNTABILITY – We take responsibility for our actions and are accountable to all our stakeholders, and in particular primary stakeholders, for our performance and integrity.
  • TRANSPARENCY - We openly share information about our organisations and our work to all our stakeholders and to the public.
  • RESPECT - We recognise the value and diversity of every person and are committed to treating others with due regard for their rights, dignity and integrity.
  • EFFECTIVENESS - We strive to deliver outcomes that bring about positive change in the lives of people living in poverty.
  • EQUITY - We are committed to overcoming prejudices and disadvantage and promoting fair and just access to resources and opportunities.
  • COOPERATION - We work with and alongside others in a spirit of mutuality, respecting diversity and difference in the pursuit of common goals.

Implementation of the Code is supported by The Quality Assurance Framework, a separate but linked document that describes how members’ compliance with the Code is assessed and verified. The Quality Assurance Framework (QAF), describes for each Commitment:

  • Compliance Indicators: These are pitched at a relatively high level of practice while still being achievable by the diversity of ACFID Members. Each of the Compliance Indicators has a Verifier which describes the evidence that is required to substantiate compliance. These Verifiers recognise the diversity of the ACFID Membership and the variety of ways that different Members will demonstrate their compliance. Members must meet the Compliance Indicators in order to be considered compliant with the Code. 
  • Good Practice Indicators: These describe a higher standard of practice than that set out in the Compliance Indicators. Members may work towards achieving the Good Practice Indicators over time. Members do not need to meet the Good Practice Indicators to be considered compliant with the Code. 

The Code was developed in 1997, comprehensively revised in 2010 and 2016.  The Code is reviewed regularly to ensure it remains relevant and effective. 

ACFID has developed a free online resource and a Good Practice Toolkit to assist in understanding and implementing the Code.

Download the Code of Conduct.

Download the Quality Assurance Framework (QAF).

Download the CCC's statement of interpretation - September 2021

Download the Code of Conduct Practitioner’s handbook.

Download the Quick Guide to the Code of Conduct