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Country Education Foundation of Australia (CEF) is committed to upholding the highest legal and ethical standards and providing a diverse and safe work environment for our employees and the communities with which we work.

To maintain these standards and enhance our vision of educational equity, CEF has developed and adopted a suite of policies designed to protect our staff, our donors and our beneficiaries and to reinforce a culture of openness, honesty and integrity.

If you have experienced anything that falls short of these standards in your dealings with CEF, we invite you to contact us for a confidential discussion.

Child Protection

CEF and its Member Foundations are committed to promoting and protecting the safety and wellbeing of all children. CEF and its Member Foundations will take all necessary steps to ensure all children and young persons receive such care and protection as necessary for their safety, welfare and well-being. Children and young people have a fundamental right to grow, develop and feel safe in environments that are free from violence, exploitation and harm. We have zero tolerance for child abuse.

Child Protection Policy

Child Safety Code of Conduct

Code of Ethics

CEF commits itself to operating in accordance with an ethical code drawn up through agreed procedures following consultation with employees, Board members, volunteers, and stakeholders.

Code of Ethics

Complaints and Whistleblower

CEF’s whistleblower policy helps ensure we maintain the highest standard of ethical behaviour and integrity by encouraging reporting of matters that may cause harm to individuals, financial or non-financial loss or damage to our reputation.

Whistleblower Policy

Whistleblower Procedure


CEF collects and administers a range of information for a variety of purposes. Some of this information is restricted in its circulation for commercial, privacy, or ethical reasons.

Confidentiality Policy

Confidentiality Procedure

Conflict of Interest

CEF aims to ensure that Board members are aware of their obligations to disclose any conflicts of interest that they may have and comply with this policy to ensure they effectively manage those conflicts of interest, as a representative of CEF.

Conflict of Interest Policy

Conflict of Interest Procedure

Ethical Fundraising

The Board and staff of CEF are committed to ensuring that its financial arrangements are carried out in an ethical manner.

Ethical Fundraising Policy

Fraud Risk Management

Our Fraud Risk Management policy is a clear statement to all CEF stakeholders forbidding fraudulent activity which ensures that all parties are aware of their responsibilities regarding the identification and prevention of fraudulent activity.

Fraud Risk Management Policy

Fraud Risk Management Procedure


CEF and its related entities recognise the importance of protecting the privacy and the rights of individuals in relation to their personal information. Our privacy policy and statement tells you how we collect and manage your personal information.

Privacy Policy

Privacy Statement

Sponsorship and Partnerships

The Board and staff of CEF are committed to ensuring that its financial arrangements are carried out in an ethical manner.

Sponsorship and Partnerships Policy

Sponsorship and Partnerships Procedure