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External Conduct Standards for Charities

Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) via FutureLearn


Make sure your charity operates safely overseas

Charities that operate overseas must be able to identify and manage risks, handle money safely, and protect staff and beneficiaries.

Receive practical guidance on how your charity can meet the External Conduct Standards which govern a registered charity’s operations outside of Australia.

Compliance helps to minimise the risks for charities operating overseas and is required for a charity to maintain its registration.

Learn how to manage activities and control resources overseas (including funding), obtain and keep sufficient records of overseas activities, initiate and sustain processes and procedures to combat fraud and corruption within the charity’s overseas operations, and protect vulnerable individuals.

In addition, you’ll compare the External Conduct Standards with the Australian Council for International Development’s Code of Conduct as an example of how the ACNC reduces red tape in the sector.

You will also conduct a self-evaluation of your charity’s performance against the Standards and develop a plan to strengthen its response to overseas risks.

This course is designed for anyone involved in registered charities that operate, or intend to operate, overseas.

This includes sending money/goods overseas, working overseas, partnering with an overseas charity/organisation, supplying staff/volunteers overseas, or advocating overseas.


  • Introduction and External Conduct Standards 1 and 2
    • What are the External Conduct Standards and who do they apply to?
    • How to meet External Conduct Standard 1
    • How to meet External Conduct Standard 2
  • External Conduct Standards 3 and 4 and charity self-evaluation
    • How to meet External Conduct Standard 3
    • How to meet External Conduct Standard 4
    • Charity self-evaluation: Meeting obligations when operating overseas
    • Next steps

Taught by

Rachel Gear


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