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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

disruptive dynamics, inspired ideas

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.

Humanitarian Action

Taking humanitarian action for those in greatest need.

Elevating Development

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


Improving standards, practice and culture to prevent and respond to sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.

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

2022-23 ACFID Code of Conduct Review

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Mary MacKillop Today’s Mobile Kindy, with partner Child Benefit Fiji, enables children living in informal settlements to access vital early education. Photo: Mary MacKillop Today. 

The ACFID Code of Conduct is periodically reviewed to ensure it continues to reflect good practice and the needs of ACFID and its members. Our sector and the work we do is constantly evolving and the aim of this review is to make sure the Code and associated Quality Assurance Framework remains relevant, coherent, useful and credible to members and external stakeholders.

Read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Beginning July 2022, the Review will consider and revise, if required, the Quality Principles and Commitments in the ACFID Code of Conduct and the Compliance Indicators and Verifiers in the Quality Assurance Framework

Key questions the Review will ask:

  • Are there gaps in the Code which have emerged since the last review of the Code?

  • Are there opportunities for greater alignment with other international and domestic standards and regulations?

  • Are there opportunities to remove redundancy and overlap within the Code itself?

  • Are there areas of the Code which no longer reflect good practice, or require further clarification?

  • Is compliance manageable for members and ACFID?

The Review will be guided by the following overarching principles:

  • Changes to the Code of Conduct or Quality Assurance Framework will be undertaken on the grounds of necessity not convenience, keeping in mind the impact of changes on members’ compliance requirements;   

  • The overall architecture and structure of the Code and Quality Assurance Framework shall be maintained; and 

  • The triennial compliance assessment and reporting cycle shall be maintained 

Read the full Terms of Reference.

The Review is scheduled to finish in November 2023. 

Where can I (or my organisation) find out more details?

  1. Read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
  2. Watch the recording of the online information session, held on 19 July 2022. 3pm AEST.

New information and details will be updated here on this webpage, so please check this regularly. You may like to bookmark this page for your convenience.  

Consultation Documents

All members will have the opportunity to provide feedback at various stages of the Review.

ACFID has released a Discussion Paper which outlines key questions to guide consultations with ACFID members and stakeholders. Responses are invited from ACFID members, staff, board members, volunteers, partners, and other interested stakeholders. We encourage members to seek input from a wide range of personnel. Feedback can be provided as an organisational response or by individuals.

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Upcoming consultation workshops

  • Monday 17 October – Localisation Framework working group, virtual. 2-3pm AEDT.
  • Thursday 3 November – Member consultation: testing findings, virtual 1:30pm – 3pm AEDT. Register here.

Additional consultations will be added to this page when confirmed.

If you are not yet a member of a Community of Practice, but would like to participate in a CoP consultation session, please contact [email protected].

There will be further opportunities to provide feedback on any proposed changes to the Code and Quality Assurance Framework in early 2023, dates TBA.

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Contact Us

If you have any questions about the Code Review please contact Emily Moreton, Standards and Code Lead, at [email protected] or (02) 8123 2237

For more information on the Code, read: