Factsheet: Mapping the ACNC governance standards to the ACFID Code of Conduct

Important - As of 1 June 2017, ACFID’s Code of Conduct has been revised. The comparison featured below is based on ACFID’s previous Code of Conduct. However, if your registered charity complies with the ACFID Code of Conduct as an ACFID member it will meet the ACNC Governance Standards.
The ACNC is currently working to re-map its Governance Standards to the new ACFID Code. Download the new ACFID Code here .

The Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) is the peak body for Australia’s non-government aid and international development organisations. Ninety-seven per cent (97%) of ACFID members are also registered charities with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).

All ACFID members sign up to the ACFID Code of Conduct (the ACFID Code). The ACFID Code promotes good practice and aims to improve international development outcomes and increase stakeholder trust by enhancing transparency and accountability of the signatories. It sets out more than 50 principles and 150 obligations.

Read more about the ACFID Code of Conduct.

The ACFID Code promotes good governance practice beyond the minimum requirements of the ACNC governance standards.

Comply with the ACFID Code and meet the governance standards

If you comply with the ACFID Code, in particular the following principles and underlying obligations, you will meet the ACNC governance standards. The diagram below contains only suggestions and is not intended to capture all of the ways a charity can demonstrate they are complying with the ACFID code and therefore meeting the ACNC governance standards. Different charities (size, activities, structure) will demonstrate compliance in different ways.

See a more detailed version of the comparison between the ACNC governance standards and the ACFID Code.

ACNC governance standards

ACFID Code of Conduct

Standard 1:
Purposes and not-for-profit nature of a registered entity

C.1.1  Transparency
The charity publishes their vision, purpose, up-to-date project activities and contact details on their website. The charity also shares project updates through their social media and bi-monthly e-newsletter. 

C.2.1 Transparency
D.1.1 Public benefit
D.3.1 Governing instrument
E.2.3 Annual reporting

Standard 2:
Accountability to members

B.1.1 Accountability to primary stakeholders
C.1.1  Transparency
C.2.1 Transparency
C.2.3 Access to full financial reports
D.3.1 Governing instrument
D.3.2 Governing body
D.3.3 Annual general meeting

Standard 3:
Compliance with Australian laws

B.2.3 Control of funds and resources
B.5.1 International standards
C.3.1 Legal obligations and ethical principles
C.3.4 Protection for donors
D.2.3 Anti-fraud and anti-corruption
D.2.1 Legal requirements
D.5.4 Human rights and anti-discrimination

Standard 4:
Suitability of responsible persons


D.2.3 Anti-fraud and anti-corruption

D.2.4 Conflicts of interest

D.3.1 Governing instrument

D.3.2 Governing body

D.3.4 Governing body policies

D.5.2 Professional conduct

Standard 5:
Duties of responsible persons

D.2.4 Conflicts of interest
D.3.2 Governing body
D.5.1 Human resources
D.5.2 Professional conduct
D.5.4 Human rights and anti-discrimination

ACNC related resources

ACFID related resources


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Email: advice@acnc.gov.au
Mail: Advice Services, ACNC, GPO Box 5108, Melbourne VIC 3001
Fax: 1300 232 569

Phone: 02 6285 1816
Email: main@acfid.asn.au
Mail: Private Bag 3, Deakin, ACT, 2600

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