Our global teams are dedicated and outstanding people with diverse experience and knowledge, who serve to ensure our vision, purpose and values are maintained and provide oversight across strategy execution.
The Foundation is a member of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), the peak body for Australian international development NGOs, and adheres to the self-regulatory Code of Conduct mandated by ACFID. This Code sets out standards on how organisations should be governed and managed, how they communicate, how they spend funds they raise and best practice principles for international program development. It is a group A member of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness and a principal member of Vision 2020 Australia.
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Australian Council for International Development (ACFID)
In 2008, an important milestone was achieved when Brien Holden Vision Institute, Public Health received accreditation by the Australian Aid.
Australian Aid manages the majority of the Australian Government's overseas aid program working with the governments and people of developing countries to deliver assistance where it is most effectively needed, consequently improving the lives of millions of people.
A key element of Australia’s strategy to effectively engage with communities overseas is its partnership with the Australian Council for the International Development (ACFID). ACFID is the peak body for Australian international development non-government organisations (NGO).
Australian Aid and ACFID signed a partnership agreement in 2009, recognising long standing cooperation between the two organisations and promoting a robust and professional Australian international development NGO sector.
The agreement recognises that non-government organisations like the Institute, contributes significantly to Australia’s overall international development outcomes for the overseas aid program. It acknowledges NGO’s are important partners who play a key role in international efforts to reduce poverty, and comparative advantages in aid delivery include their ability to build people-to-people links, deliver sustainable community-led solutions for people living in poverty, and reach the poorest and most marginalised.
In September 2000, member states of the United Nations, including Australia, agreed to work towards eliminating global poverty and hunger, to improve health, gender equality, education, and environmental sustainability and to create a global partnership for development. This commitment initally produced the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which evolved post 2015 into the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically a collection of 17 global goals known as 'Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development'. Australian aid helps developing countries to achieve these goals.
Since the Public Health Division received accreditation by Australian Aid and become a member of ACFID, we have adhered to the self-regulatory Code of Conduct mandated by ACFID. The Code represents the active commitment of overseas aid agencies or non-government development organisations (NGDOs) to conduct their activities with integrity and accountability.
The Code aims to enhance standards throughout the NGDO community to ensure that public confidence is maintained in the way that community contributions to overseas aid are used to reduce poverty through effective and sustainable development. After 14 years of operation ACFID comprehensively reviewed the code in 2010 and it now includes more than 50 principles and more than 150 binding obligations.
How does it operate?
Current compliance mechanisms include:
- checking of documentation upon membership application (governing instrument, policies)
- an annual statement of commitment to the code
- review of annual and financial reports by a qualified accountant against the reporting requirements of the code
- annual self– assessment against every principle of the code signed by the signatory governing body and reviewed by the Code of Conduct Committee
- random audits of fundraising material during an emergency and an external complaints mechanism
How is it governed?
An independent, voluntary Code of Conduct Committee monitors adherence to the code and investigates complaints, which may be brought by any member of the public. The primary focus is to work with signatory organisations to improve standards and reduce the risk of breach occurrence. If a breach is serious, or the signatory does not respond appropriately, disciplinary action may be considered.
The committee may require the signatory to provide information to donors, notify Australian Aid, and ultimately suspend Code membership. A small team is located within ACFID that undertakes compliance activities and investigates complaints, which are confidential to the Code Committee.
Complaints against the InstituteBrien Holden Vision Institute, Public Health is committed to taking all reasonable measures to monitor and regulate organisation practices to fully adhere to the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) Code of Conduct.
Should you feel the ACFID Code has been breached and would like to submit a complaint to the Institute, please address your complaint to the Global General Manager, Public Health at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you wish to take the matter further or would like to make a complaint about the Global General Manager, Public Health then please address you complaint to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Institute, at the following email address: email@example.com
All complaints will be acknowledged as soon as possible with an expected outcome of their complaint be received within a 30 day period of receipt. The Institute’s Global General Manager is the focal point for all complaints made and has responsibility to delegate, initiate and coordinate the response in consultation with the CEO, regardless of which country's practices are in question. On receiving a response, should you wish to take the matter further, appeals may be made in writing to the Chairman of the Board within 30 days of receiving the initial response from the CEO.
If you would like further information please read our complaints policy or contact our complaints officer on: firstname.lastname@example.org or call +612 9385 7433.
In the event you wish to take the matter further to ACFID, please visit the complaints section at: www.acfid.asn.au
Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation (formerly ICEE), is the Public Health Division of the Brien Holden Vision Institute. It is a member of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), a signatory to the ACFID Code of Conduct and is a registered charity.
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