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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

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Spotlight on the Code

Spotlight on the Code

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A learning journey through our Quality Principles

The Spotlight on the Code series provides a thematic ‘deep dive’ into each of the nine Quality Principles in the ACFID Code of Conduct. For each Quality Principle, the Spotlight series shares stories, case studies, learning and resources from ACFID members, to deepen our understanding of how to apply the Code in practice.

For more about the purpose and approach of the Spotlight series, read the Spotlight launch blog by Clare Petre, former Chair of ACFID’s Code of Conduct Committee.

Quality Principle 1: Rights, Protection & Inclusion

Item Organisation / Author Title and Link
Blog ACFID, Raewyn Lans Spotlight on the Code – Quality Principle 1 – Rights, Inclusion and Protection
Webinar Promotion DFAT Child Protection Webinar hosted by ACFID
Revised Guidance ACFID ACFID Guidance on developing a Child Safeguarding Policy
Video Sport Matters Spotlight on the Code – Sport Matters
Blog Simon Eccleshall, Islamic Relief Australia, on behalf of DPC Rights-based approaches in development – old hat, fashion trend, or essential workwear?
Research Paper Gillian Fletcher, from Sexual Rights in development Community of Practice Learning Paper by the SRiD CoP
Video PSEA concurrent session from ACFID Conference Preventing Sexual Misconduct and Safeguarding Human Rights
Blog Jess Leitch, Response Manager, Australian Red Cross Applying Quality Principle 1: Uniting the P, the G and the I for collective impact

Quality Principle 2: Participation, Empowerment and Local Ownership

Quality Principle 4: Quality and Effectiveness

Item Organisation / Author Title and Link
Blog ACFID, Kate Angus Spotlight on the Code: Quality and Effectiveness
Video Australian Himalayan Foundation Spotlight on the Code – Australian Himalayan Foundation
Toolkit RDI Network Ethical Practice Starter Kit
Blog RDI Network, Philippa Smales This is why we need to think again about ethical guidelines for research
Resource IWDA Feminist Research Framework
Blog MEL Community of Practice and World Vision Australia, Katie Chalk Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning: our Collective Conscience
Resource DFAT ANCP Stories of Significant Change
Resource RDI Network Principles and Guidelines for ethical research and evaluation in development

Quality Principle 5: Collaboration

Quality Principle 7: Governance

Item Organisation / Author Title and Link
Blog ACFID, Mark Carpenter Spotlight on the Code – governing accountably, transparently and responsibly
Video The Leprosy Mission Australia Spotlight on the Code – TLMA talks governance
Resource ACFID ACFID Guidance for the development of a Complaints Handling Policy
Blog Friends of Femili PNG, Fiona Gunn Governance, diversity and safeguarding: The Femili PNG experience
Blog Australian Lutheran World Service, Mary Tankulu and Jamie Davies Confession: I have a love-hate relationship with this standard around demonstrating separation
Blog and Game Clare Petre, Chair of the Code of Conduct Committee Why Conflict of Interest needs to be more than a standing agenda item

Quality Principle 8: Resource Management