We ensure accountability and transparency in every aspect of our business. We’re committed to efficiency, effectiveness and best practice corporate governance.
ACNC, Accounting Standards and ATO
As a registered charity, Plan International Australia complies with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC) Act 2012. This includes Australian Accounting Standards, the ACNC regulations, and other mandatory professional reporting requirements.
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has given Plan International Australia the status of a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR), granted exemption from Income Tax and provided concessions for Fringe Bene ts Tax and GST. Reporting requirements comprise mainly annual fringe benefit tax returns, quarterly Business Activity Statements and monthly Pay-as-you-go (PAYG) submissions.
We are fully accredited and a trusted recipient of funds from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Our accreditation is maintained through a rigorous process by DFAT that is undertaken every five years, involving an in-depth assessment of our management capacity, systems, operations, and linkages with the Australian community against a set of agreed criteria. Being accredited gives the organisation access to the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) and DFAT funding programs such as Cooperation Agreements and any other funding mechanisms that may be created. Accreditation ensures we are transparent with our finances, and covers our entire portfolio including non-development activities and activities not funded by DFAT.
Australian Council for International Development (ACFID)
We are a member of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) and a signatory of the ACFID Code of Conduct. ACFID is the peak body for aid and international development NGOs and its Code of Conduct upholds the highest standards of ethics, effectiveness and accountability. For further information on the Code, please refer to the ACFID Code of Conduct Guidance Document available at www.acfid.asn.au.
Complaints relating to a breach of the ACFID Code of Conduct by an ACFID member can be made to the ACFID Code of Conduct Committee (www.ac d.asn.au/code-of-conduct/complaints).
Fundraising licenses are required by many of the states in Australia in order to raise funds within their borders. We hold all required licenses and comply with the requirements associated with these licenses, which includes such conditions as providing extra reporting to particular states.
Workplace relations law
We are committed to complying with all workplace relations regulations, statutory and legal requirements. These include: Fair Work Act 2009; Human Rights & Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986; and Work Health & Safety Act 2011. Workplace practices and internal policies are regularly reviewed to ensure compliance.
Plan International Australia has a zero tolerance policy on all fraud, bribery and corruption. Our global Counter Fraud Unit is dedicated to preventing, detecting and investigating cases of fraud. You can read a list of recently resolved cases and download full reports here.