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Annual Report 2022-23

Reporting on ACFID’s activities to ensure transparency and accountability


ACFID is the peak body for Australian NGOs involved in international development and humanitarian action.


ACFID works and engages with a range of strategic partners in addition to our members.


ACFID is governed by its Board, ACFID Council, and various expert and governance committees.


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Conference 2023

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18-19 October 2023

Meet our Members

The ACFID membership is comprised of Australian NGOs that actively work in the international aid and development sector.

Become a member

Joining ACFID means joining an experienced and powerful mix of like-minded organisations committed to good international development practice.

Membership types & fees

ACFID has two types of organisational membership: Full Membership and Affiliate Membership.

State of the Sector

The State of the Sector Report provides a comprehensive and robust analysis of the state of the Australian aid and development sector.

NGO Aid Map

ACFID’s NGO Aid Map allows the Australian public and stakeholders to explore the work of ACFID Members around the world.

Development Practice Committee

The DPC is an expert advisory group of development practitioners leading good practice within the sector.

Our Focus

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Federal Budget 23-24 Analysis

Facts and figures on how aid is presented in this year’s annual budget

Strategic Plan

ACFID prioritises a robust response to climate change and pressure on civil society in developing countries, as well as other key priorities.

Emergency Aid

ACFID Members provide vital life-saving assistance in the immediate aftermath of an emergency.

Climate Change

Action on climate change is one of ACFID’s highest priorities, as it is an existential threat to humanity and our development.

Civil Society

Civil societies are a cornerstone of regional stability and ensure that the voices of the marginalised are heard.

Supporting NGOS

Supporting NGOs as Valuable Partners.

Inclusive & locally led development

Walking the talk on inclusive development.

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Elevating Development

Elevating Development to the Heart of Australia’s International Engagement.


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Code of Conduct

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2022-23 ACFID Code of Conduct Review

The ACFID Code of Conduct is periodically reviewed to ensure it continues to reflect good practice and the needs of ACFID and its members.

Code of Conduct

The Code is a voluntary, self-regulatory industry code of good practice.

About the Code

Find out more about the Code of Conduct and how it operates.

Good Practice Toolkit

Overview and practical resources, and examples to support the implementation of the Code.

Spotlight on the Code

Provides a thematic ‘deep dive’ into each of the nine Quality Principles in the Code


This section outlines the responsibility to be taken by each Member to ensure compliance with the Code.

Complaints Handling

How to make a complaint and information on the Code’s independent mechanism to address concerns relating to an ACFID Members’ conduct.

Other Standards

Mapping the Code with other professional standards and principles in the humanitarian and aid sector in Australia and internationally

Home 5 Government News 5 $10 million humanitarian assistance for civillians in Gaza welcomed; ceasefire now needed

$10 million humanitarian assistance for civillians in Gaza welcomed; ceasefire now needed

Oct 16, 2023 | Government News, Media Releases

The Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) welcomes the Australian government’s announcement it will provide an initial contribution of $10 million to support humanitarian relief in Gaza, along with its strong calls to protect civilians. 

ACFID now calls on the Australian Government to exert its influence with the international community to seek a ceasefire or end to the escalation in the Israel-Palestine conflict. Australia must continue to advocate for humanitarian access and civilian protection.   

ACFID is extremely concerned by the escalating casualties, now in the thousands, and the forced displacement of up to a million people. The shelling of civilian buildings including schools, health centres and homes is totally unacceptable, as is the denial of essential services.   

CEO Marc Purcell said:

“Australia should start working with international partners to seek a ceasefire. In the present circumstances, this is the only way that humanitarian access and civilian protection can be upheld. “

“The crisis unfolding in Gaza is a preventable looming humanitarian tragedy. Urgent action is needed to halt the conflict, which is already taking a totally unacceptable human toll.”

“We must remember that half of Gaza’s population are children under the age of 18. Right now, the immense scale of the movement and devastation means that there is virtually no viable way for civilians to reach a place of safety.

“A ground invasion of Gaza is imminent and innocent and vulnerable people still stand in harm’s way.

“An immediate ceasefire is required.” 

ACFID also advocates strongly for diplomatic efforts to focus on the safe return of all Israeli hostages, and an end to airstrikes and all military operations in Gaza.  ACFID has previously condemned the atrocities and hostage-taking by Hamas. 

Recent developments 

With airstrikes pounding Gaza, many thousands of people have been killed, and more injured. Hospitals are at capacity and are running low on supplies.

In recent days, half of Gaza’s population was instructed to relocate from the region’s north to its south: something that has proven impossible, despite Israel’s announcement of a window of time to evacuate.    

The challenge of moving one million people along two narrow roads, the only relocation routes, have been compounded by explosions along the routes, insufficient fuel supplies and limited transport options.   

Hospital patients and staff have been unable to relocate due to disrupted energy supply and limited transport options. South Gaza is an already overcrowded area, and whole neighbourhoods in the region have been flattened. Many civilians remain in Northern Gaza, including vulnerable populations such as the sick, injured and elderly.  

Australia’s position 

Australia’s official policy is in support of a two-state solution, which would see Israel and Palestine co-exist peacefully. Last year the Albanese Government overturned a 2018 Morrison Government move to recognise West Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.  

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