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:

Vacancy Announcement

Do you want to be part of a Committee sitting at the heart of policy and practice for the NGO sector? ACFID is calling for nominations for an elected NGO representative to the Committee for Development Cooperation (CDC).

The CDC is made up of eight expert members – four from the Australian NGO sector, representing the accredited Australian NGO sector and NGO’s seeking accreditation, and four from DFAT. Australian NGO sector representatives to the CDC sit as individuals on the Committee and represent NGOs in general, rather than representing a specific agency or organisation. 

The current vacancy exists to fill the term of an elected representative until 30 November 2020, with the term of service beginning on 28 August 2019

Candidates can either self-nominate or accept nomination from another party. Nominees for these positions are required to complete the nomination form, then forward their curriculum vitae and a short statement addressing the selection criteria by email to Rebecca Hamilton, ACFID’s Policy and Advocacy Advisor, at [email protected] by 5pm Thursday 8th August 2019.


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


CDC Membership

Elected NGO representatives

Tricia Keys

Brien Holden Institute
November 2018 - 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
2017–June 2019


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