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Fundraising Institute Australia (FIA) has established an independent Authority to oversee its new Code. The Code, which was launched in July, will be enforced from 1 January 2018. The seven-member Code Authority will be responsible for compliance monitoring, complaints administration and making recommendations for improvements to self-regulation, reporting quarterly to the FIA Board of Directors. The Authority comprises charity, donor and supplier representatives.

The independent chair is The Hon Dr Ursula Stephens, a former ALP senator who has held several senior positions within the Parliament. Dr Stephens led the government’s work in the creation of the ACNC and the development of a National Compact with the NFP sector. In addition to her work as a parliamentarian and senior public servant, Dr Stephens has served on numerous government and private sector bodies. She has also worked in education and training, small business and social entrepreneurship.

Dr Stephens will be joined by the following individuals:

  • Sector supplier representative: Bruce Cotton MFIA (Pareto Phone)
  • FIA Board member: Ben Cox FFIA (Legacy Queensland)
  • Consumer/donor advocate: Bill Dee (Compliance and Complaints Advisory Services)
  • FIA Board member: Jennifer Doubell FFIA CFRE (Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation)
  • Deputy Chair: Dr Sue-Anne Wallace AM FIACD (Humanitarian Quality Assurance Initiative)
  • Sector supplier representative: Roewen Wishart FFIA CFRE (Xponential)

The FIA Code is a voluntary, self-regulatory code of conduct for fundraising in Australia. It aims to raise standards of conduct across the sector by going beyond the requirements of government regulation. Its content is informed by the International Statement of Ethical Principles in Fundraising.

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