25 March, 2024

ADRA Australia has been granted full accreditation from the Australian Government for another five years.

The accreditation, through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), means ADRA is eligible to receive annual government funding for development projects.

The accreditation process is lengthy and rigorous, designed to ensure NGOs are compliant and adhere to best-practice standards.

The paperwork was submitted in April last year with a three-day assessment occurring in October.

In March 2024, ADRA received final confirmation that the accreditation had been extended, with the accreditation period valid until March 2029.

“The DFAT accreditation is not only a tick to give us some funding but a recognition that we have adequate practices and systems in place that ensure integrity, accountability, and program quality,” said ADRA Australia Chief Executive Officer Denison Grellmann. “This recognition also places us as a trusted NGO in the sector and is a desired standard and platform for more funding possibilities and partnerships with DFAT and others.

“When we work as a team, do our best, and pursue excellence, the results are amazing and thank God, we witnessed it in this process.”

There are just 43 organisations which have the prestigious full DFAT accreditation.

NGOs must be accredited by DFAT to receive funding under the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).

According to DFAT: “The accreditation process provides the Department and the Australian public with confidence that the Australian Government is funding professional, well managed, community-based organisations that are capable of delivering quality development outcomes.”

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