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ACFID’s Reconciliation Journey

Artwork designed by Richie Allan Ngunnawal Kamilaroi, entitled 'The Dreaming'

ACFID Secretariat has recently commenced its reconciliation journey and has developed a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), which will assist us to further develop respectful relationships and create meaningful opportunities with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

Artwork designed by Richie Allan Ngunnawal Kamilaroi, entitled 'The Dreaming'

ACFID Secretariat is guided by Reconciliation Australia’s RAP Framework to develop this inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan, and is inspired by the ACFID Council who passed Resolution No. 1/2017.

ACFID’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and equality are realised through our vision, purpose and values. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights, recognition and reconciliation are vital to the work of ACFID and its members as we work towards a world free from injustice and inequality.

ACFID and its members stand in solidarity with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for Makarrata – “the coming together after a struggle” – through truth, justice, healing and agreement making, and support the aims and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for substantive constitutional reform.

Our support of the Voice

In 2023, ACFID stood in support of the Voice. Further information can be found here.

Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)

A Reconciliation Action Plan is a strategic document that supports an organisation’s business plan. It includes practical actions that will drive an organisation’s contribution to reconciliation both internally and in the communities in which it operates.

There are four types of RAPs that an organisation can develop: Reflect, Innovate, Stretch, and Elevate. Many organisations complete successive RAPs as their reconciliation journey progresses, and ACFID intends to follow the same path. ACFID will draw reference and inspiration from both members who engage directly with indigenous communities, and our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community of Practice.

ACFID’s Reflect RAP

ACFID is currently proudly delivering our first Reflect RAP.

The actions within will support us to develop future RAPs that are built on respectful relationships, have a clear vision for reconciliation, and are meaningful, sustainable and mutually beneficial.

ACFID's Reflect RAP Cover, with artwork by Richie Allan
Artwork designed by Richie Allan Ngunnawal Kamilaroi, entitled 'The Dreaming'

ACFID Submission on the Indigenous Voice Discussion Paper

ACFID welcomes the government’s Indigenous Voice co-design report and the work completed to date. We wholeheartedly support a framework that is community designed and led and it is encouraging to see models for both a “Local and Regional Voice” and a “National Voice” emerge. We believe these should always espouse the principles of participation, empowerment, and local ownership. View ACFID’s submission here.

Acknowledgements

ACFID acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands and waters throughout Australia. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, and to elders past and present.

For more information about ACFID, read:

About

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Annual Report 2022-23

Reporting on ACFID’s activities to ensure transparency and accountability

ACFID

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

Our PARTNERSHIPS

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

GOVERNANCE

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

Members

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Conference 2023

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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.

PSEAH

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

Compliance

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

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