Complaints Policy

Complaints Handling Process

The Complaints Handling Process involves 5 steps:

  1. Receive
  2. Acknowledge
  3. Assess and Investigate
  4. Determine outcome
  5. Close Complaint

Step 1 – Receive

All complaints will logged in the complaints register. PAAu will record the complaint and its supporting information. The complaint will also assign a unique identifier/number to the complaint file.

The record of the complaint will document:

  • Contact information of the person making a complaint and the date received
  • Issues raised by the person making a complaint and the outcome/s they want
  • Any other relevant information,. and
  • Any additional support the person making a complaint requires.

Complaints can be received via:

  • Call PAAu Donor Care Team on 1300 347 947. PAAu phone lines are open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.
    Outside of these hours, messages can be left with a contact number and PAAu Donor Care Team will return the call within three working days.
  • Email
    Email PAAu at
  • Write
    You can write to PAAu at:

Penny Appeal Australia

797 Punchbowl Road
Punchbowl NSW 2196


Step 2 – Acknowledge

PAAu will acknowledge receipt of each complaint promptly (within 5 working days). PAAu will endeavour to fully respond within 10 working days. In complex situations where an immediate response is not possible, we will respond as quickly as possible, providing updates as required. Consideration will be given to the most appropriate medium (e.g. email, letter) for communicating with the person making a complaint.

Step 3 – Assess and Investigate

Initial Assessment

After acknowledging receipt of the complaint, PAAu will confirm whether the issue/s raised in the complaint is/are within our control. We will also consider the outcome/s sought by the person making a complaint and, where there is more than one issue raised, determine whether each issue needs to be separately addressed. When determining how a complaint will be managed, we will consider:

  • How serious, complicated or urgent the complaint is
  • Whether the complaint raises concerns about people’s health and safety
  • How the person making the complaint is being affected
  • The risks involved if resolution of the complaint is delayed, and
  • Whether a resolution requires the involvement of other organisations.

From time to time, PAAu receives complaints that do not directly relate to something PAAu has done, or that PAAu is not able to comment on. In these rare occasions due to our limited resources, we will not respond. Examples of these kind of complaints are:

  • When a complaint is about something that PAAu has no direct connection to. PAAu may choose to reply to clear their name but they are not obliged to.
  • When someone pursues a complaint that we have already responded to, with no new issues raised. They will be given escalation points.
  • When a complainant is being obviously abusive, prejudiced or offensive in their manner.
  • When a complainant is harassing a staff member.
  • When a complaint is incoherent or illegible.
  • When a complaint has clearly been sent to us and numerous other organisations as part of a bulk mailing or email.
  • PAAu cannot respond to complaints made anonymously. However, PAAu can give general information and advice to anonymous callers. We can also investigate the telephone complaint and use the information to improve in any way that we can.

Investigating the complaint

After assessing the complaint, PAAu will consider how to manage it. PAAu  will keep the person making the complaint up-to-date on the progress, particularly if there are any delays. PAAu will also communicate the outcome of the complaint using the most appropriate medium. Which actions we decide to take will be tailored to each case and take into account any statutory requirements.

Step 4 – Determine the outcome and provide reasons for the decision.

PAAu aims to resolve problems, correct mistakes and address concerns to reach a fair and reasonable outcome. Following assessment and investigation into the issues raised, PAAu will contact the person making the complaint and advise them:

  • The outcome of the complaint and any action we took
  • The reason/s for our decision
  • The remedy or resolution/s that we have proposed or put in place, and
  • Any options for review that may be available to the complainant, such as an internal review, external review or appeal.

Step 5 – Close the Complaint


The complaints register will record how the complaint was managed. It will log the following information:

  • How the complaint was managed
  • Outcome of the complaint
  • Outstanding actions, and action owners, and due dates.
Analyse the data

PAAu will ensure that outcomes are properly implemented, monitored and reported to senior management,and/or CEO, and/ or the Chair of our governing body.