Purpose of the Good Practice Toolkit
The Good Practice Toolkit provides practical advice and support for the implementation of the Code of Conduct. It will provide you with guidance and practical suggestions to support your organisation to meet its compliance requirements, to promote learning and development and to strengthen your organisation’s policies, practices and operations over time. It is a comprehensive guide, proposing a broad range of best practice suggestions relating to all areas of the Code.
As signatories to the Code of Conduct, your compliance obligations rest only with the Compliance Indicators and Verifiers for the Quality Principles and Commitments of the Code of Conduct itself, not with the Good Practice Indicators or the entirety of the practical guidance set out in the Good Practice Toolkit.
Some of the practical guidance suggestions may not be relevant to your organisation, either because of the nature of your work or because of the size and capacity of your organisation. Don’t be overwhelmed by the breadth of the Good Practice Guidance – use it as a ‘toolbox’ and select from its practical suggestions to promote learning and to guide the progressive development and strengthening of your organisation’s good practice over time.
Structure of the Good Practice Toolkit
The structure of the Good Practice Toolkit mirrors the structure of the Code. The Code sets out 9 Quality Principles and their associated Commitments. The specific compliance requirements of signatory organisations are articulated as Compliance Indicators and Verifiers. The Good Practice Toolkit guidance mirrors the structure of the Code restating the Quality Principles and Commitments and their associated Compliance Indicators and Verifiers. It then provides Guidance for each of the Compliance Indicators, lists the Good Practice Indicators and provides further Guidance and Resources, including learning and Development opportunities, for each Commitment.
Updates to the Good Practice Toolkit
The Good Practice Toolkit will be periodically updated to meet the changing environment and the needs of stakeholders. Updates may be in response to ideas for new good practice suggestions, to provide greater clarity to current text, to reflect new Australian regulations and obligations, international standards or to include worked examples and new resources.
Providing your feedback
As a supportive tool to the Code, the Good Practice Toolkit should respond to your needs. We’d like to hear your suggestions for its refinement and new good practice and resource suggestions. Please provide these to the ACFID Secretariat via [email protected].