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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 Governance 5 ACFID Board


ACFID Board members standing outdoors together beneath trees. They all face the camera in a row.

From left: Christian Nielson, Rosie Wheen, Susanne Legena, Matthew Maury, Susan Pascoe AM, Shane Nichols, Jane Edge, Marc Purcell, Michelle Higelin. 

Not pictured:  Lyn Morgain, Sureka Goringe, Thenu Herath, Ben Thurley, Graham Strong.

ACFID Council delegates the management and conduct of the financial and general affairs of ACFID, other than matters reserved for Council in its Constitution, to its Board which is elected by ACFID members. The 12 member ACFID Board comprises a President, a Vice President (Finance), two Vice Presidents and eight ordinary members. Board members serve three-year terms and are eligible for a consecutive reappointment. They are further eligible for reappointment after this, if they have a term gap. The President may only serve a maximum of two consecutive three-year terms.

The roles and responsibilities of the ACFID Board are described in Section 8 of the ACFID Constitution and in the ACFID Governance Charter


Susan Pascoe AM

Susan Pascoe AM


Susan Pascoe AM was the inaugural Commissioner for the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). Ms Pascoe was previously the Commissioner of the State Services Authority in Victoria. In this role she chaired or co-chaired reviews into the regulation of the not-for-profit sector (2007-08) and the design and governance of regulatory bodies in Victoria (2008-09).

In 2009, Susan was appointed as one of three Commissioners for the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Black Saturday Bushfires. In 2007, Ms Pascoe was appointed Member of the Order of Australia for service to education. At the end of 2016 Susan was awarded the prestigious Outstanding Contribution in Public Administration Award and in 2017 was awarded Influencer of the Year at the Third Sector awards.

Office Bearers

Vice President (finance)

Jane Edge

Jane Edge

Vice President

Matthew Maury

Sureka Goringe

National Director

Uniting World

Vice President

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Michelle Higelin

Executive Director

ActionAid Australia


Shane Nichols CEO, Good Return

Lyn Morgain Chief Executive, Oxfam Australia

Kate Lee Executive Officer, Union Aid Abroad APHEDA

Mat Tinkler CEO, Save the Children

Graham Strong Chief Field Impact, World Vision

Senthil Nathan CEO, Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand

Samir Bennegadi, CEO, Islamic Relief Australia