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FIA Code Course

We have the means to raise standards of ethical fundraising practice. Code training is where it starts.

About the FIA Code

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.

Guidelines for administration of the FIA Code can be viewed here.

View the FIA Code here.

About the Code Course

FIA has launched an online training course for the fundraising sector to accompany its new Code. This course is part of FIA’s plan for long-term sustainability of donor support for charitable giving.

The purpose of this course is to promote broad awareness of and compliance with the Code among fundraisers across Australia and to provide you with a solid understanding of how to conduct fundraising within an ethical framework.

The course is designed to promote, ensure a sustainable sector and increase donor confidence. 


All fundraisers should complete the training and FIA members are strongly encouraged to make Code training part of their induction program for new employees.

Who Must Undertake Code Training

Code training is mandatory for all members.

Any person who has the term ‘fundraiser’ in their job description or who is involved in fundraising on behalf of a charity or non-profit organisation must undertake the training. This applies to individuals at all levels:

  • Board Members
  • Executives
  • Middle Managers
  • Junior Staff and
  • Volunteers engaged in fundraising activities on behalf of their organisation
  • Suppliers who engage in fundraising activities on behalf of FIA members.

Importantly, this training must be ongoing whenever new staff join your organisation in fundraising roles. The requirement to complete the training within six months of a person’s appointment is intended to provide flexibility, given other demands on new employees. 

People who work for a cause in a non-fundraising capacity are not required to do the training (although they are encouraged to). Similarly, suppliers who are not providing fundraising services are not required to take the course.

If you have any doubt as to whether or not a staff member should undertake the training, it is best to err on the side of completing it. 

What the Course Covers

  • The scope of the Code
  • Ethical conduct
  • Conduct towards donors
  • Conduct towards people in vulnerable circumstances
  • Conduct towards beneficiaries
  • Supplier relationships


This training will:

  • Provide you with an understanding and awareness of each section of the Code.
  • Provide you with a solid understanding of how to conduct fundraising within an ethical framework and promote a culture of responsible fundraising practice.
  • Assist your organisation in meeting FIA membership obligations and compliance requirements.


The course takes between one and two hours to complete, including quiz questions at the end of each module.

The course should be undertaken in one session.

Successful completion of training will be recognised through a statement of attainment in addition to the 2.0 continuing education points towards the CFRE designation.

Online Access

On registering for the course, access to the e-learning platform will be provided for two weeks

"Congratulations FIA – the development of the FIA Code of Practice raises the credibility of our profession to a new level.  The process of accreditation via the on-line course is fun, interactive and informative, and ensures its value is delivered to members."

Heiko Plange FFIA CFRE, Senior Philanthropy Advisor, Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research

“I think self-regulation can work, but we need a Code that is up to date and robust. And we all need to follow it. In today's climate, there are a number of sensitivities that we see reflected in the news and if we are smart we will take heed of that. We now have a Code that is ahead of what the regulators expect of us and I’d like to see the profession get behind it and support self-regulation.”

Jennifer Doubell, Executive Director, Peter MacCallum Foundation



Member (includes 'Staff of Organisational Member') $25  
Non-member $50  


Full participation in the FIA Code Course is applicable for up to 2.0 continuing education points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification