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Our policies

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).

As the NCCA’s international aid agency, Act for Peace will:

Respond to human need by providing direct relief to alleviate poverty and suffering through development programs and emergency relief programs, in partnership with churches and other bodies or networks in Australia and overseas.

Take a lead role in fulfilling the stated objectives of the NCCA "to encourage and enable the member churches in the light of the Gospel to give prophetic leadership to each other and the community by": 

  • speaking out on behalf of oppressed people;
  • acting in solidarity with Aboriginal and Islander people; and
  • responding to human need and acting on issues of justice, peace and creation.

Work alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia, particularly through supporting the work of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ecumenical Commission.

Stand in solidarity with uprooted people through educational programs, advocacy and networking, and supporting appropriate aspects of resettlement in Australia.

Engage in education for justice, development, and peace programs to help raise the awareness of the Australian community regarding poverty, injustice and ecological damage affecting the developing world, especially by addressing their root causes.

Undertake analysis, develop policies and facilitate advocacy within Australia and internationally in relation to human rights and international affairs.

Consult regularly with the overseas aid and development agencies of NCCA member churches and act with or on behalf of those agencies in furtherance of these objectives.

Raise awareness of the work of Act for Peace through regular programs such as the Christmas Bowl and appeals.

Other incidental work related to the objectives of Act for Peace.

Please click on the links below to read other specific policies:

Complaints Policy and Procedures

Act for Peace is a member of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) and a signatory to the ACFID Code of Conduct. We are committed to providing high-quality humanitarian, development and advocacy programmes and to work in an open and accountable way. Act for Peace takes its duty of care seriously and aims at all times to provide the safest possible environment for children. If for any reason you would like to lodge a complaint, you may do so by writing to complaints@ncca.org.au. A copy of our complaints form can be downloaded here. Read Act for Peace's Complaints Handling Policy and Procedures here. For more information about the ACFID code of conduct visit www.acfid.asn.au or phone +61 2 6285 1816.

More ways to take action

You can help prevent children like Maala being born with chronic illnesses by helping pregnant women stay healthy and nourished in the first place.

Take the Act for Peace Ration Challenge and eat the same rations as a Syrian refugee during Refugee Week (June 2017). Raise money to support refugees who have lost everything, and challenge perspectives – including your own.

Right now, thousands of innocent people are fleeing Syria every day to protect their families from bloodshed, violence and death. We need your support to provide emergency relief packs to the families fleeing in Syria.