The Values are stated
in the current Ethics Policy and are set out below:
In addition to our core
value of altruism, and as a signatory to the ACFID Code of Conduct, our work is
guided by the following values:
1. Sustainable, fair and equitable solutions
that address the root causes and symptoms of poverty and disadvantage.
2. Accountability to all ABV stakeholders
for our performance and integrity.
3. Building creative and trusting
relationships with the communities in which we work:
• based on an understanding of their
history and culture
• giving priority to their interests
• involving them to the maximum extent
possible in the design, implementation and evaluation of projects and programs,
encouraging self-reliance, and
• valuing men and women, boys and girls
in ways that respect the dignity, uniqueness and intrinsic worth of every
4. Active learning, innovating and
continuously improving our aid and development work.
5. Honesty and transparency in all our
6. Respecting, protecting and promoting
internationally recognised human rights including civil and political,
economic, social and cultural rights and with particular emphasis on gender
equality, the protection of children, people with a disability and the rights
of minorities and vulnerable and marginalised groups.
7. Environmental sustainability in both our
aid and development and domestic operations.
8. Strengthening civil society in Australia
and the countries where we work.
volunteers are required to conduct themselves according to a set of basic
standards, set out below.
maintain a professional standard of behaviour, in line with current Australian
Child Protection Policy
avoid all forms of discriminatory behaviour in regard to nationality,
ethnicity, gender, sexuality, culture, religion, age, race, sexual orientation,
and mental or physical disability.
to evangelise or proselytize religious beliefs
to represent themselves as an employee or agent of the Commonwealth of
refrain from possessing and/or using any narcotic, hallucinogenic or any other
drug including marijuana that is deemed illegal either in the host country
refrain from engaging in any activity that is incompatible with the proper
discharge of the volunteers’ duties as stated in assignment documentation
not participate in any fraudulent activity i.e. dishonestly obtaining a benefit
by deception or any other means that would advantage the volunteer or any other
undertaking assignments which are funded by Department of Foreign Affairs and
Trade - DFAT) not to issue statements to the press or other agencies of public
information i.e. not release visual information for publication; submit
articles, books or other material for publication or take part in mass
communication activities such as film, radio or television productions which
are in any way related to project activities or interests of the Australian
Government or the host country – except in the normal course of official duties
or with prior explicit approval of
the DFAT Australian Volunteer Unit and Australian Business Volunteers.
undertaking non-DFAT funded assignments) not to issue statements to the press
or other agencies of public information i.e. not release visual information for
publication; submit articles, books or other material for publication or take
part in mass communication activities such as film, radio or television
productions which are in any way related to assignment activities or interests
of Australian Business Volunteers, the donor or the host country – except in
the normal course of official duties or with prior explicit approval of Australian Business Volunteers
disclose, abstract or publish any restricted government documents or
confidential information, including reports, to third parties without the
authorisation of the host organisation or without obtaining prior consent from
the appropriate national authority
ABV volunteers agree to
conduct themselves in a way that fosters co-operation with other agencies,
donors and the Australian community.
Volunteers placed overseas for an ABV assignment agree to uphold the
above assignment standards and basic standards, and to abide by the laws of the
country in which they are placed. Volunteers must not seek or accept paid
employment, even when intended to cover the performance of any additional
duties or activities whilst on a volunteer assignment. Volunteers must refrain
from any conduct or wrong doing which could bring ABV, the assignment or the
Commonwealth of Australia into disrepute.
Volunteers will not become involved in party or sectarian politics and
refrain from public comment on political, cultural and religious matters. ABV volunteers understand that Police Checks
on all volunteers are mandatory prior to every assignment and that
unsatisfactory Police Checks will result in automatic de-registration. ABV
assumes no responsibility for the volunteer if charged with any offences whilst
in country or if historical
information relating to criminal charges or offenses not disclosed to ABV comes
to light during or after an assignment is undertaken.
ABV Volunteers will
always seek guidance from the ABV In-Country Manager and their Project Manager before
undertaking any activity which could reasonably be considered to be outside the
parameters of their assignment duties, as stated in the Assignment Description.
With my signature
below, I acknowledge acceptance of this Code of Conduct in its entirety and
agree that contravention of any parts of this Code of Conduct may result in my
withdrawal from an assignment and/or my volunteer de-registration.