Partnership with Government

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 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.

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

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

Australian Civil Military Centre

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


ACFID works closely with the Australian Charity and Not-for-Profit Commission (ACNC) to enhance our understanding of the breadth and depth of the not-for-profit aid and development sector, set and monitor compliance with standards across the sector, create an enabling regulatory environment for not-for-profit agencies and to provide assurance to external stakeholders.   

Other government agencies

ACFID engages with a range of other Government agencies on policy development and regulatory issues including Prime Minister and Cabinet, Treasury and the Attorney-General’s Department.

This includes working with the Office for Women to take forward Australia’s international commitments on Women, Peace and Security and annual submissions to Treasury to make aid and development recommendations for the Federal Budget.