External-conduct standards likely to begin in August

In November, the federal government introduced proposed external-conduct standards for registered charities, intending to provide a minimum level of assurance that charities have appropriate governance and behaviour when operating overseas.

The standards cover key issues for charities operating overseas, including:
• Activities and control of resources (including funds)
• Annual reviews of overseas activities and record-keeping
• Anti-fraud and anti-corruption, and
• Protection of vulnerable individuals.

Charities that operate overseas are encouraged to review the proposed standards and consider how they might affect their operations when they’re likely to begin operating in August.

The ACNC is developing guidance to support charities in meeting the proposed standards.

For more information, visit acnc.gov.au/ExternalConductStandards.