Code Authority

The Code Authority is responsible for administration of the Code. It proactively monitors fundraising activities of FIA members, ensures that Code complaints and appeals are handled in a fair and equitable manner, and makes recommendations to the FIA Board for improvements to sector self-regulation.

Code Administration

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

Code Authority Members

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Peter Debnam

Peter Debnam was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing the electorate of Vaucluse between 1994 and 2011. He was also a former leader of the New South Wales Liberal Party, leader of the opposition and shadow minister for Western Sydney, Redfern/Waterloo and Citizenship. He also held the shadow portfolios of Treasury, Police, Transport, Planning, Energy and Infrastructure. Read more here.

Ben Cox FFIA

Ben Cox currently serves on the Fundraising Institute of Australia’s (FIA) Queensland Executive Committee and is an inaugural member of FIA’s Code Authority. He is also a Director of Variety QLD and sits on several fundraising and marketing advisory panels in the not-for-profit sector. Read more here.

Shanthini Naidoo

Shanthini is the CEO of the St Vincent’s Curran Foundation which is the fundraising organisation for St Vincent’s Health Network Sydney Australia and St Vincent’s Private Hospitals in Sydney and Griffith, NSW. She has over 20 years of leadership, marketing and fundraising experience in iconic Australian institutions, including the National Gallery of Australia, Taronga and Western Plains Zoos and Sydney Opera House.

Ashley Rose FFIA

Ashley Rose is CEO of MonDial Telephone Fundraising, a leading telephone fundraising agency for the nonprofit sector. Read more here.

Karen Shields MFIA

Karen Shields is the Director of Individual Giving at Great Barrier Reef Foundation. She is an experienced not-for-profit leader with 15 years in fundraising and strategic management. Read more here.

Nerida Wallace

Nerida is a Victorian legal practitioner (registered) and advisor with over 40 years’ experience in senior management, courts, government policy, law reform and the design and reform of dispute resolution systems.

Chris Zinn

Chris Zinn, former head of campaigns and communications at consumer peak body Choice, is  FIA Code Authority’s consumer/donor representative. He is a leader in the emerging marketplace of consumer empowerment, having spearheaded successful campaigns to help consumers in complex markets such as energy, financial services and private health insurance. Read more here.

FIA Code Course

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