All people regardless of race, gender or social status have intrinsic value and inherent dignity.
ACC International Relief Inc.
ABN: 26 077 365 434
Address: Suite 525, 44 Lakeview Dr
Scoresby VIC 3179 Australia
ACCI Relief is the aid and development arm of the Australian Christian Churches movement.
Our vision is for a world where Christian principles of justice and equality are actualised. Where individuals, families and communities are empowered to influence decisions affecting their own lives, advocate for their own rights as human beings with equal voice and equal value under the premise that all life has intrinsic value before God who created life. Where every child’s right to a family is upheld and defended.
Our Mission is to see whole life transformation in individuals, families and communities by empowering our people to love well and develop holistic and sustainable solutions to combat injustice, reverse the effects of human poverty and to engage communities as active participants in their own development.
ACCIR works across 12 countries, through strategic partnerships with a focus on child-focused development – to uphold every child’s right to family, education, protection and wellbeing.
With a focus on inclusive development and the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals, eligible development activities incorporate key development principles of:
· Fair distribution
· Informed by local people: participatory & empowering
· Sustained or lasting benefits
· Humanitarian assistance For more information on how we define and distinguish development and non-development activities, please refer to the ACCI Development Policy.
Children are disproportionately affected by poverty. They represent half of the world’s 1.3 billion people living in poverty and nearly one in five children live in extreme poverty compared to one in 10 adults. We know that children do not exist in isolation and in order to see children access their rights we need to see organisations, churches, governments and communities protect, educate, support and ensure that all children grow up in safe loving families.
Kinnected represents ACCIR’s proactive approach to scaling down the use of residential care and assisting children within the context of their families, within the broader context of our child-focused development framework.
We cannot achieve transformed communities and nations unless there is an increase in the equal distribution of opportunities, resources and power in order to promote social justice and poverty eradication. The priority themes of disability inclusion, gender equality and environmental sustainability are considered and promoted throughout the project management cycle with every Partner, including in project proposals, reporting, monitoring, Partner capacity-building, and project renewal and re-design.
People living with disabilities often face significant barriers that hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.
ACCIR is committed to prioritising disability inclusive approaches and practive and working with and for people with disabilities to address barriers to full and qual participation, access to rights, and empowerment.
For more information please refer to the ACCI Disability Inclusion Policy.
Women experiencing poverty often face multiple vulnerabilities on top of gender inequality such as disability exclusion, racism or ageism.
ACCIR is committed to promoting gender quality and equity in our programs, addressing systems and practices that lead to harm and exclusion based on gender and promoting full participation and dignity for all people.
For more information please refer to the ACCI Gender Equality Policy.
People experiencing poverty will be the first affected and least able to adapt to the effects of climate change and other environmental degradation.
ACCIR is committed to promoting and supporting programming that enables our Partners and communities to minimise negative environmental impact and prepare for and respond to disasters and climate change.
For more information please refer to the ACCI Environmental Sustainability Policy.
ACCIR is committed to ensuring our disaster responses are delivered in accordance with the humanitarian principles of humanity, impartiality, independence and neutrality. We are guided by the Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability and agree to uphold the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and NGOs in Disaster Relief.
John is an Ordained Minister with the Australian Christian Churches movement (ACC). He has served as the ACC Queensland State President for over 10 years, providing leadership of the State Executive who oversee over 300 churches. This includes oversight of church planting, leadership development and pastor training and credentialing within the state. John has also served for 6 years on the ACC National Executive, last year commenced a 2-year term the Vice President. In April 2021, John stepped into the senior leadership role of Missions Director for ACCI Missions & Relief, covering both ACCI Missions, the Missionary sending and support arm as well as ACCI Relief. Before coming to ACCI, Ps John and Francine pastored Centro Church together for 26 years. Together they have a love for people and a passion to see them empowered and released to their God-given potential.
Catherine has 20+ years working in church leadership with over 17 years working in international and local social development. With a master’s degree in international development, Catherine has used her knowledge and experience to develop, monitor and evaluate programs both inside and outside a church setting. After managing teams of over 50 people, she brings a wealth of leadership experience as well as an innate understanding of the Christian development sector.
In October 2021 Catherine took on the role of Head of International Programs at ACCI Relief with an aim to continue and build on the great foundation that ACCIR has contributed to the sector. Having served on the ACCI board for many years, Catherine comes in with a strong understanding of the work and the partners, as well as the organisation itself. A natural pragmatist, she is always seeking to find solutions that work for everyone and is committed to learning and developing, strengthening systems and processes, and improving practice to increase impact.
BA, BA (Bib, Theo), MA, PhD
State President, ACC QLD & NT.
BA, DipEd, M (International Studies),
Horizon Church Ministry Director,
LLB, BA, GradDip (Theology)
Faith Christian Church Campus Pastor
PhD and MA (International Relations),
BA (Hons) (International Affairs and Politics).
MA (National Security Policy)
BA (Hons) (International Studies)
Member of ACC Victorian State Executive,
ACCI Relief is an ACFID member and complies with ACFID’s Code of Conduct, requiring high standards of governance, management and accountability. Learn more about ACFID here.
ACCIR is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) and committed to transparency and accountability. Learn more about the ACNC here.
ACCIR is a member of the Church Agency Network, a group of Australian church-based overseas aid and development agencies committed to empowering people and providing avenues for them to overcome injustice and poverty.
Learn more about CAN here.
ACCIR is a member of Micah Australia, empowering Australian Christians to advocate on the most urgent global issues facing our world today – extreme poverty, rising conflict and climate change. Learn more about Micah here.
Effective planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning is critical to ensuring our programs and activities are working towards our vision, are having the desired impact, preventing harm and capturing lessons learned.
ACCIR’s project management cycle aims to reflect the principles of meaningful participation and inclusion, mutual and healthy partnership, intentional learning, and transparency and accountability.
ACCI Relief recognises that listening to and responding to feedback, concerns and complaints is integral to our commitment to achieve high standards and ensures accountability to all stakeholders. Complaints or feedback can be submitted to the Director at email@example.com
If you have a complaint regarding a breach of the ACFID Code of Conduct, please contact the ACFID Code of Conduct Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 02 6285 1816.
Copies of our Annual Reports are available here.
A copy of the full audited General Purpose Financial Statements for ACC International Relief Inc is available for download here.