On July 23rd, conduct standards applying to all charities operating overseas became law. The definition of “operating overseas” is broad, and captures many more charities than the overseas aid organisations that might come immediately to mind. Activities like buying goods or services from overseas, sending volunteers internationally, giving money to someone to take overseas, and partnering (formally or giving a once-off donation) with international organisations may trigger their application.
The standards require charities operating overseas to keep additional records and monitor activities to ensure that funds are used appropriately, activities are legal and vulnerable people are protected.
Want to know more? Here is our fact sheet, https://rdlaccountants.com.au/blog/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/External-Conduct-Stds.pdf or take a look at the ACNC’s resources: https://www.acnc.gov.au/for-charities/manageyour-charity/charity-governance/acnc-external-conductstandards