Committee for Development Cooperation (CDC)

Established in 1975, the Committee for Development Cooperation (CDC) is a joint DFAT/NGO advisory body that provides advice and guidance on the DFAT accreditation process for Australian NGOs, the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP), and other funding streams involving Australian NGOs.

The CDC is made up of eight members – four from the Australian NGO sector and four from DFAT. ACFID provides secretarial support.

Of the four NGO members, two members are elected by the accredited NGO sector, and two members are appointed by ACFID’s Executive Committee. NGO members serve two years.

To raise an issue for NGO representatives to take to the CDC, contact Rebecca Hamilton at ACFID at [email protected] For more information, visit:


Committee for Development Cooperation Feedback on the Australian NGO Cooperation Program Principles of Engagement


CDC Membership

Elected NGO representatives

Jessica Waite

International Women’s Development Agency
August 2019 – November 2020

Andrew Hartwich
The Fred Hollows Foundation
November 2018 - November 2020

Appointed NGO representatives

Ellen Shipley

Uniting World
July 2019–June 2021

John Morley

Plan International Australia
June 2017–June 2021


Cheryl Johnson (Chair), Assistant Secretary NGO and Volunteers Branch

Jon Burrough, Director, NGO Programs Performance and Quality Section

Simon Cann-Evans, Director, Aid Business Engagement, Contracting and Aid Management Division

Timothy Church, Director, Contracting and Aid Management Division

DFAT Secretariat Contact

Rebecca Lysaght

ACFID Secretariat contact

Rebecca Hamilton