Spotlight on the Code


The ACFID Code of Conduct is a voluntary, self-regulatory code of good practice. It sets standards of good practice for ACFID members, with the purpose of improving development and humanitarian action outcomes and increasing stakeholder trust. The Quality Principles are at the core of the code – nine high-level principles of practice spanning the approaches, processes, and organisational enablers that collectively contribute to quality development and humanitarian action.


The Spotlight on the Code series provides thematic ‘deep dives’ into each of the Quality Principles through stories, case studies, learning and resources that deepen our understanding of applying the Code in practice. For every Quality Principle, the Spotlight series shares the work of our members, including good practice, innovative approaches and stories of success.  


For more about the purpose and approach of the Spotlight series, read the Spotlight launch blog by Clare Petre, Chair of ACFID’s Code of Conduct Committee.


Each new instalment in the Spotlight series will be launched on the ACFID blog, via our social media channels and in our monthly member bulletin. You can also contribute to future Spotlight instalments – if you want to share a story, tool or approach that shows good practice, email [email protected] to get involved.

Quality Principle 9: People and Culture

ItemOrganisation / AuthorTitle and Link
BlogACFID, Jocelyn CondonSpotlight on the Code – Supporting our people & nurturing good culture
VideoSight For All, Judy Hatswell

How Sight For All approaches Quality Principle 9 (People and Culture)


Case StudyCBM Australia

Equity in Recruitment + Supporting People and Culture

Practice NoteACFID

Responsible International Volunterring for Development

PolicyUNICEF AustraliaUnicef Australia - Whistleb-lower Policy
BlogSusanne Legena, PLAN

Cultivating a good workplace culture and taking care of our people should be priority number one

Learning OpportunitiesACFID

Quality Principle 9 Learning Opportunities

Quality Principle 3: Sustainable Change

ItemOrganisation / AuthorTitle and Link
BlogACFID, Sarah BurrowsSpotlight on the Code – How the Code speaks to Sustainable Change
WorkshopCollaboration for ImpactSustainable Development Goals Toolkit
PolicyAustralia Red CrossAustralian Red Cross Policy Statement on Advocacy
BlogWWF AustraliaThe sustainability initiative so effective it ended
BlogLive & LearnLocalising development efforts will lead to change that lasts
Case StudyCARE AustraliaDeveloping local capacity and effective partnerships
VideoNTA East Indonesia AidNTA East Indonesia Aid talks Quality Principle 3 in Practice
Case StudyCAN DO agencies

Localising Evaluations through Participatory Evaluation Planning
Initiating a Localised Repsonse to Emergencies

Quality Principle 8: Resource Management

ItemOrganisation / AuthorTitle and Link
BlogACFID, Paul BruntonSpotlight on the Code – Resource Management
BlogRebecca MacFarlingFundraising and the Code of Conduct
VideoADISpotlight on the Code – Australian Doctors International talks Quality Principle 8 In Practice
WebinarFred Hollows FoundationSustainable Procurement Webinar
WebinarACFIDHow to develop a financial wrongdoing policy
BlogNigel Spence, ChildfundEveryone is entitled to feel confident in our financial management, regardless of the size of donation