A woman in a brightly coloured scarf peers through coffee bean bushes on either side of her.

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.


A line of ladies in colourful outfits cheer and dance joyously.

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

Four men paint a colourful mural

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

A small girl stands in front of a multi-coloured finger paint artwork, with a blue paint covered hand

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 Committees and CoPs

Committees & CoPs

Committees & CoPs

Participants from The Empowering Women Workers in Bangladesh training, funded by Cotton On Group, based at the factory of Silken Sewing – a ready-made garment factory in Bangladesh. Together, CARE and Cotton On Group are providing bespoke training modules to 2,200 garment factory workers, predominantly women, across three of the Group’s supplier factories in Bangladesh. Photo: Jorja Currington/CARE.

ACFID’s work is supported by a number of expert advisory committees and member-driven communities of practice that lead good practice in the sector and who provide high-level strategic advice to ACFID via its secretariat.

Expert Advisory Committees

Expert advisory committees support the achievement of ACFID’s strategic goals by providing advice, leading ideas, informing policy positions and shaping work priorities. Reporting to ACFID’s CEO, expert advisory committees are primarily made up of specialists from member agencies but may also include external advisers such as academics or consultants. These committees are; the Development Practice Committee; the Humanitarian Reference Group; and the Public Engagement and Campaigning Committee.

Development Practice Committee

The Development Practice Committee (DPC) is a specialist group of learning and development practitioners from the not-for-profit sector. Its objective is to enhance the development sector’s relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability by leading good practice within the sector; undertaking applied research and development of tools and processes; providing relevant advice to ACFID on key issues around development effectiveness affecting the sector; and engaging with DFAT on development effectiveness practice.


Read more about the DPC here.

Humanitarian Reference Group

The ACFID Humanitarian Reference Group (HRG) is the independent voice of humanitarian agencies in Australia. The HRG is made up of ACFID’s members with significant operational involvement in humanitarian response, who have the capacity to contribute to the activities of the HRG It provides a mechanism for ACFID members working in international humanitarian assistance to share information, strengthen coordination, advocate to strengthen humanitarian response and engage in policy dialogue with DFAT. HRG members work across a range of areas including protracted crises, disaster risk reduction, humanitarian effectiveness, civil-military engagement, and protection.

Public Engagement and Campaigning Committee

The ACFID Public Engagement and Campaign Committee (PECC) is designed to support the realisation of ACFID’s vision, and the delivery of the Advocacy Agenda, as set out in the Strategic Plan 2020-2025. The PECC’s primary objective is to unite ACFID members to engage the public and to campaign for better international development by Australia.

The PECC aims to achieve this objective through championing the work of the ACFID membership and the impact of the Australian Development program to the Australian public.

Communities of Practice

A Community of Practice (CoP) is a group of people who come together to share, learn and collaborate. They are held together by a common interest in a topic, and are driven by a desire to solve problems and develop a body of knowledge together. For ACFID, CoPs play a vital role in contributing to our broader change agenda and to achieving ACFID’s aim to see our members as influential agents of change and leaders in development, humanitarian practice, NGO effectiveness, and accountability.

Further information on CoPs can be found here.