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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

Home 5 ABOUT 5 ACFID 5 Our Staff

Our Staff

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From left back: Eva Touzeau, Natasha Chabbra, Will Devine, Anne Fitzpatrick, Nicola Gleeson, Marc Purcell, Kirsten Lawarik, Paul Brunton, Jocelyn Condon, Emily Moreton, Brendan, Hugh Piper.

From left front: Jessica Mackenzie, Raewyn Lans, Jules Frost, Aarti Betigeri, Moti Goode, Shweta Tank, Antonia Pannell

Absent: Brigid O’Farrell, Whitney Yip, Lanni Hamblin, Aina Studer

ACFID operates a small secretariat based in Deakin (Canberra) in the Australian Capital Territory of Australia. Our staff are lead by ACFID’s CEO and divided into three teams.

Chief Executive Officer

Marc Purcell

Marc Purcell


Marc has 25 years’ experience in the community, international development and human rights sectors in Australia. He worked as Oxfam Australia’s National Advocacy Manager and was Executive Officer for the Catholic Commission for Justice Development and Peace Executive. He has also worked as Country Program Manager for Africa at Australian Volunteers International; and worked with UNHCR in Nepal assisting Tibetan refugees.

Marc is a Director of the Community Council for Australia and the Campaign for Australian Aid Executive Committee. He has served on the boards of Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, the National Roundtable of Non Profit Organisations, the Refugee Immigration Legal Centre, A Just Australia, and Catholic Social Services Victoria.

Policy and Advocacy Team

Jocelyn Condon – Chief of Policy and Advocacy

 Jocelyn leads ACFID’s policy and advocacy team, leading action for a strong policy and enabling environment for international development assistance and humanitarian action. This includes working with the team to engage key stakeholders such as ACFID’s members,  the media, the Australian Government, issue specific coalitions, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Parliament; to communicate ACFID’s positions to the Australian Government and the Australian public.


Dr. Alex Edney-Browne – Government Relations and Policy Lead

Alex leads ACFID’s climate policy work and organizes our government and political engagement activities.

Naomi Brooks – Humanitarian Advisor

Naomi leads on all humanitarian immediate responses, developments, and long-term policy and advocacy efforts, including coordination of ACFID’s Humanitarian Reference Group and other humanitarian partnerships

Alan HewsonPolicy and Advocacy Lead

Alan aims to develop ACFID’s positions on international development policy, to support ACFID to engage in current policy debates and manages ACFID’s Grant Agreement and formal Partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


Lanni Hamblin – Policy and Advocacy Advisor

Lanni  works across a range of international development issues including our work on disability inclusion and civil society strengthening.

Will Devine – Policy and Advocacy Officer

Will supports ACDIF’s humanitarian advocacy work, aswell as our government and political engagement activities.

Business Operations and Services

Nicola Gleeson – Business Director

Nicola oversees ACFID’s finance, HR, IT, governance, and ACFID’s legal, regulatory, and contractual compliance.

Chris Portillo  – Executive Coordinator

Chris supports the office of the CEO, President, and the ACFID Board. He also coordinates ACFID’s internal Senior Management Team and key governance activities in this role. Additionally, Chris leads Corporate Partnerships at ACFID, seeking opportunities for our members to engage with the private sector to increase impact.

Kirsten Lawarik Strategic Partnerships & Major Events Lead

Kirsten focuses on creating and delivering shared value opportunities. This includes partnerships, sponsorships, major events, and other opportunities that connect organizations and individuals with a common purpose together

Maria Herrera – External Relations Coordinator

Maria manages communications through ACFID’s website and social media platforms, as well as serving as the in-house graphic designer


Brendan M – ICT and Operations Support Officer

Brendan provides ICT support for ACFID as well as assisting with the day-to-day operations of ACFID.

Effectiveness and Engagement Team

Emily Moreton Effectiveness and Engagement Director

Emily is responsible for leading the development of strategy and programs related to ACFID’s Code of Conduct, learning program and member engagement.

Raewyn Lans – Member and Stakeholder Engagement Lead

Rae is responsible for expanding and deepening ACFID’s engagement with its members and other stakeholders within the sector. This includes coordinating the application process for new members, leading engagement activities for the membership, and maintaining a strategic overview of NGO involvement with the broader aid and development sector.


Aditri Saikia- Sector Knowledge and Insights Advisor

Aditri is responsible for the gathering, management, and communication of ACFID’s data, including the ACFID Statistical Survey. She also helps with the membership platform and in managing ACFID’s CRM system.


Marvin Cesario – Standards and Code Advisor

Marvin guides members’ compliance with the financial and governance standards in the Code of Conduct.




Whitney Yip– Standards and Code Advisor 

Whitney works with ACFID members on their Code Self-Assessments (CSAs) and provides administrative support to the Code of Conduct Committee (CCC). She also provides project support for all matters related to the ACFID Code of Conduct.



Anne Fitzpatrick – Learning and Impact Advisor

Anne’s role is to support and enable learning and professional development for ACFID members through the provision of a range of learning resources and programs. Anne also provides secretariat support to ACFID’s Development Practice Committee.




Shweta Tank – Digital Learning Advisor 

Shweta facilitates communication with members through various digital platforms and assists in marketing and communication efforts for the ACFID Conference. Additionally, she supports the delivery of learning and members events, promotes digital learning offerings, and aids in data analysis and infrastructure development.





Asia-Pacific Development, Diplomacy & Defence Dialogue (AP4D)

Melissa Conley Tyler – Executive Director

Melissa oversees the work of AP4D to promote collaboration among development, diplomacy and defence experts and provide a platform for practical, future-facing ideas



Heather Wrathall – Senior Policy Analyst

Heather brings a wealth of development and security experience from her time in government and the not-for-profit sector, including roles with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and AusAID.


 Dr Dan Evans – Senior Policy Analyst

In his role Dan leads on convening consultations with Development, Diplomacy and Defence experts, facilitates and synthesises the resulting discussions, and presents the results to policymakers. Dr Evans has lived and worked in the Pacific islands region for over a decade, predominantly in the justice and security fields.


Tom Barber – Senior Policy Analyst

Tom is responsible for much of AP4D’s logistics and planning. He has previously worked as a research assistant at La Trobe Asia and Deakin University.



Grant Wyeth – Editor

Grant is involved in all stages of AP4D’s collaborative process, including facilitating, synthesizing, and presenting the results of consultations. He also has extensive writing and editing experience, and serves as The Diplomat’s Oceania columnist


The Asia-Pacific Development, Diplomacy & Defence Dialogue (AP4D) creates a new dimension in Australia’s international policy-making by bringing together the development, diplomacy and defence communities. It combines the skills and experience of each to achieve new insights, develop new ideas and promote strategic collaboration around shared interests. ACFID is a founding partner of AP4D and provides program support, including through hosting the initiative.

Australian Civil Military Centre — Civil Society Liaison

ACFID has maintained a longstanding partnership with the Australian Civil Military Centre (ACMC). Jules Frost works as a liaison between ACMC and ACFID, as the Civil Society Engagement Advisor.

Jules Frost – Civil Society Engagement Advisor

In her role seconded to the Australian Civil-Military Centre, Jules Frost facilitates ACFID’s member engagement regarding civil-military-police coordination in humanitarian action.




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