New External Conduct Standards for Charities Working Overseas

On 26 November 2018, new proposed External Conduct Standards were tabled in Parliament. Unless they are disallowed, such Standards will come into effect on 1 July 2019.

The Standards are intended to provide a minimum level of assurance that charities meet appropriate standards of governance and behaviour when operating outside Australia and will cover:

• Activities and control of resources (including funds)

• Annual review of overseas activities and record keeping

• Anti fraud and anti corruption

• Protection of vulnerable individuals

A link to the proposed Standards can be found here

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