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.


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.

Member (includes ‘Staff of Organisational Member’) $30
Non-member $55

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