Our work is grounded in our experience over the past 60 years and in our Mandate, set by the member churches of the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA).
Code of Conduct
Act for Peace prioritises the safety of staff, partners, communities and others we serve. Our policies outline how we prioritise prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse, child abuse, all forms of harassment, fraud, corruption, unethical practice and other abuses of power.
The following policies in combination with our Code of Conduct set out standards that guide how our organisation behaves, how we are managed, how we communicate with the public and how we spend the funds we raise.
Act for Peace recognises advocacy as a core component of rights-based humanitarian, development and protection programming and as essential to the achievement of sustainable, transformative change resulting in strengthened safety, justice and dignity for communities threatened by conflict and disaster.
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Age and Diversity
As an organisation that operates within diverse international contexts, Act for Peace values diversity and promotes inclusion of diverse people in all cycles of programs, advocacy, initiatives and aspects of work places.
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Act for Peace is committed to the safety and well-being of all children. We take our duty of care seriously and will aim at all times to provide the safest possible environment for children. We will take all concerns and reports of child abuse seriously and immediate action will be taken. If you are concerned for the safety of a child, please follow the reporting framework detailed in the Act for Peace Child Safeguarding Policy.
Download our Child Safeguarding Policy here
Prevention of Sexual Abuse, Exploitation and Harassment Policy
Act for Peace has zero tolerance of all forms of sexual exploitation, abuse or harassment, and is committed to maintaining a safeguarding environment and to responding to concerns. This Policy outlines our commitment and provides information on how to report any concerns. The Policy is to be read in conjunction with our Child Safeguarding Policy (where children are affected).
Download our Prevention of Sexual Abuse, Exploitation and Harassment Policy here
Our stakeholders have a right to raise any reasonable concern and provide feedback without any risks of reprisal or unfair treatment, including harassment or victimisation, or of losing their employment, entitlements or funding. All complaints are taken seriously, and we appreciate when people take the time to help us do our job better.
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As a humanitarian and development organisation and a long-standing advocate of human rights and humanitarian law, Act for Peace (AfP) condemns all forms of violence against civilians, including terrorism.
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This policy commits Act for Peace to promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities as a common value, as well as a method of work to ensure programs address the diverse range of barriers faced within a target group.
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This policy commits Act for Peace staff and partners to protect the environment as a common value and promote sound environmental management as a method that guides all of our work.
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This policy commits Act for Peace to promoting gender equality as a common value and gender mainstreaming as a method of work to achieve gender equality. It outlines commitments for all Act for Peace personnel, and outlines the principles to be upheld in their work.
Download our Gender Policy here
This policy commits Act for Peace to promote HIV/AIDS awareness amongst its staff, partners and beneficiaries, and mainstreaming and integrating HIV/AIDS awareness across our humanitarian and development programs.
Download our HIV AIDS Policy here
This policy commits Act for Peace to respecting, protecting and promoting the realisation of human rights as a common value, and a rights-based approach as a method of work to achieve Act for Peace’s goal of achieving safety, justice and dignity in communities threatened by conflict, disaster and displacement.
Download our Human Rights Policy here
Marketing, Communications and Fundraising
The purpose of this Act for Peace (AfP) policy is to ensure that the marketing, communication and fundraising activities undertaken by staff and supporters are undertaken ethically and in line with the mission, vision, purpose and values of the organisation.
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Non-approved Development Activities
This policy applies to all of AfP development and humanitarian programs both overseas and in Australia for the purpose of ensuring that funds provided to AfP are used in a transparent manner congruent with the intent they were given and directed to development activities rather than non-development activities (politics, welfare and evangelism).
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This policy commits Act for Peace’s work to sustain the flow of program or project benefits into the future. This means ensuring that our efforts not only take into account the economic, environmental and social needs of current and future generations but also that we are delivering effective, efficient, economical and impact-focussed humanitarian assistance and development programming with a clear focus on capacity building in order to support locally-led change that continues after the project or program ends.
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This Policy supports the disclosure of wrongdoing occurring within Act for Peace so that appropriate action can be undertaken. Act for Peace is committed to maintaining an environment where legitimate concerns regarding illegal, unethical, corrupt or other improper conduct are able to be reported without fear of retaliatory action or retribution. Our Whistle-blower policy covers concerns about a danger or an illegality that affects others; the Whistle-Blower is not usually directly affected by the concern. If you are directly affected by a concern please refer to our Complaints Policy.
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Code of Good Practice
Our Code of Good Practice sets out the common values, principles and commitments that will shape the humanitarian, development and advocacy work of Act for Peace. It outlines the minimum professional and ethical standards required from Act for Peace and our partners.
Open Information Policy: Act for Peace is committed to being open and transparent in its work and accountable to its key stakeholders, in particular people affected by conflict, disasters and displacement whom we seek assist. We share information with beneficiaries, partner organisations, supporters, donors and the general public, and are accountable to our staff, volunteers, supporters, donors, suppliers and the Australian governments. The information we publish and how we respond to requests for information are important aspects of accountability. We will proactively publish information, and on request will disclose information, or give reasons for any decision not to disclose (for example, to respect confidentiality or privacy or to protect the safety of beneficiaries). Our key criterion for the decision will be an on balance assessment of the risks and the impact on our purpose, to improve the safety, justice and dignity of communities affected by conflict, disasters and displacement. We will publish guidance about how to request information and the types of information available on request. To request information, please email Act for Peace: firstname.lastname@example.org
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