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Partnerships with Government

Working with Government

ACFID President Susan Pascoe speaks with DFAT Secretary Kathryn Campbell at a meeting to discuss advancing the ACFID-DFAT partnership, building support for the development program, development effectiveness, and ACFID members’ longstanding connections with local communities. Photo: DFAT.

ACFID works with the Australian Government to:

  • Influence and inform Australia’s aid and development policy
  • Build a policy and regulatory environment that enables the work of its members
  • Support collaboration between NGOs and government actors in the development and humanitarian response

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

ACFID and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) have a partnership agreement that recognises the ongoing, long-standing cooperation between the two organisations to promote a robust and effective Australian international development sector.

The partnership supports NGO effectiveness and innovation through the application of the ACFID Code of Conduct and other learning and development initiatives. The partnership also supports policy dialogue, consultation and knowledge-sharing between DFAT and Australian NGOs in Canberra and at overseas posts.

ACFID acknowledges the important support of DFAT. Government funding supplements the core funding provided by ACFID member fees.


Download DFAT and ACFID's 2019-2024 Partnership MOU here

Any advocacy undertaken by ACFID is fully funded by member fees.

Australian Civil Military Centre

ACFID works in partnership with the Australian Civil Military Centre, with a Civil Society Advisor seconded to the Centre. The role of the advisor is to ensure civil society perspectives are considered in the development of Australia’s civil-military capabilities to prevent, prepare for, and respond to conflicts and disasters overseas.

The ACMC also provides funding support for the Asia-Pacific Development, Diplomacy & Defence Dialogue’s (AP4D) program, ‘Shaping a shared future — deepening Australia’s influence in Southeast Asia and the Pacific’.

Committee for Development Cooperation

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. DFAT and ACFID jointly provide Secretariat support to the CDC.

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

To raise an issue for NGO representatives to take to the CDC, contact Emily Moreton at ACFID at [email protected]

For more information about ACFID Partnerships, read:


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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

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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.


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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