We have high standards of service but acknowledge that in some rare instances they might not be met. When this happens, we want to hear about it – and we’ll do our best put measures into place to prevent it from happening again. You can contact us in the way that is most convenient for you, and we will respond to you via the same method unless you specify otherwise. From experience, we’ve found the best way to resolve an issue quickly is by telephone.
- Tell us what you like
- How to make a complaint
- What happens when you make a complaint
- When can a complaint not be progressed?
- What if you are not satisfied with the outcome of your complaint?
- Requesting a refund
- When will a refund be issued?
- When will a refund be declined?
Contact us during business hours or leave us a message
13 PLAN (13 7526) or +61 3 9672 3600 if you're outside Australia
GPO Box 2818, Melbourne VIC 3001
TELL US WHAT YOU LIKE
We love hearing about your positive experiences. Whether you’ve received a thank you note, visited your sponsored child or have donated recently, we want to know about it. We will aim to and respond to your compliment within 48 business hours. Also, we’ll pass your compliment on to the relevant team or person, whenever we can.
HOW TO MAKE A COMPLAINT
To ensure we can respond effectively, please provide your name, address, email, telephone number, Plan International supporter number (if relevant), details of the complaint, and the outcome you'd like to see. Include attachments if relevant.
Anonymous complaints are accepted and will only be considered if sufficient information is provided. Unfortunately we cannot respond to anonymous complaints. Due to privacy regulations, we can't handle complaints if you're acting on someone’s behalf.
Talk to us if you have a question about the work we do in country and we will be happy to communicate with our international colleagues and partners.
We welcome feedback from the communities in which we work. All of our offices have clear and transparent processes to receive and respond to your complaints.
If you would like to make a complaint or have a question, you can find the contact details of your local Plan office at https://plan-international.org/contact-us
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU MAKE A COMPLAINT?
Every complaint is taken seriously, and investigated in an honest and fair manner. We remain objective, and keep your personal details confidential. We expect that you keep details confidential too.
We will be discrete and diligent in addressing your complaint. Our staff and volunteers are trained and experienced in managing enquiries, privacy and child protection to ensure we can provide you with the best support.
If a complaint can't be resolved immediately, we aim to acknowledge phone and email complaints within two business days, and complaints made by letter within five business days. If you have contacted us via Facebook, we aim to respond within one business day.
A response to the complaint will then be communicated to you within 10 business days, or 30 business days if it needs to be referred to a country where we work. If this deadline cannot be met, we’ll contact you and provide an update. You will be given details of a contact person that you can communicate with at any time.
We will not accept complaints that are deemed frivolous, vexatious, not made in good faith, misconceived or lacking in substance. If your complaint is not progressed, we'll give you reasons why.
WHAT IF YOU ARE NOT SATISFIED WITH THE OUTCOME OF YOUR COMPLAINT?
You may appeal by requesting the matter to be reviewed by the Departmental Director. To appeal a complaint response, please contact us and specify the recipient as Departmental Director. A full review and response to the complaint will be provided within 10 business days. In the unlikely event that you are not completely satisfied, the matter will be referred to the CEO for a full review and response within a further 10 business days.
In the most unusual circumstance when you are not satisfied with the response from the CEO you may have the matter referred to the Australian Council for International Development or other relevant industry bodies. These organisations will be able to provide a third party voice and opinion on the matter.
We are signatory to several industry codes and take our compliance seriously.
Here are some industry bodies you might choose to approach:
Australian Council for International Development https://acfid.asn.au/
Fundraising Institute of Victoria https://fia.org.au/
Public Fundraising Regulatory Organisation https://www.pfra.org.au/
REQUESTING A REFUND
We acknowledge that there may be exceptional circumstances where a refund may be granted however once you have made a donation, we do not normally give refunds if you change your mind.
Please submit your request in writing and include the reason for your request, the refund payment requested, and any relevant information (ie. Police report in the case of fraud). We will notify you within 10 working days of receiving your written request.
Once your refund has been approved, it will be processed within seven working days in the same way it was made (e.g. credit card payments will be refunded to the same credit card). In the case of fraud, please also notify the Police and your bank.
WHEN WILL A REFUND BE ISSUED?
- an error was caused by Plan International staff
- an error was caused by Plan International’s system
- the requestor accidentally submitted a payment more than once via the website, resulting in multiple credit card payments being received
- payment is received from a supporter who is under the age of 18 upon entering their supporter agreement, even if their age was originally misrepresented to Plan International
- a supporter’s identity and/or financial details have been verified by Police as fraudulently obtained and used to make payments to Plan International
- a sponsored child is cancelled from the sponsorship program and automatically replaced by Plan International, but the sponsor has paid support up-front for the cancelled child and does not wish to continue sponsoring a new sponsor child?
- under exceptional circumstances, in the case of hardship and for a donation within the previous three months, an application will be considered
WHEN WILL A REFUND BE DECLINED?
- a supporter simply changes their mind
- the refund request is made in a financial year other than that of which the payment has occurred
- a supporter has ignored the terms and conditions outlined in their authorised agreement to support Plan International (pledge form or equivalent)
- a supporter claims to have entered into a verbal agreement with an advocate and the terms of the verbal agreement are not verifiable in writing via the authorisation form
- if a refund request relates to a payment that Plan International has not yet received