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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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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

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Code requirements for emergency appeals

Nov 10, 2023 | ACFID News

All ACFID members commit to full adherence to the principles and requirements outlined in the ACFID Code of Conduct. The Code provides assurance to all ACFID’s members’ stakeholders by enhancing the transparency, accountability and effectiveness of ACFID members.

What do ACFID members have to ensure that funds are properly managed?

ACFID members are required to have policies and procedures in place to ensure that funds and resources are properly controlled and managed. This includes having standards around who they will receive donations from and how they ensure that funds are being used for the purpose for which they are intended.

ACFID members are required to:

  • Have policies and procedures which address the prevention of financial wrong-doing. This includes fraud, corruption, counter-terrorism, money-laundering and violation of sanctions imposed by the Australian government.
  • Conduct checks of individuals and organisations receiving funds against the Criminal Code list of terrorist organisations and the DFAT consolidated list of individuals and entities subject to targeted financial sanctions.
  • Conduct due diligence assessments of partners who manage funds on behalf of the organisation, including checking them against prohibited entities listings.
  • Have appropriate and effective internal controls.
  • Assess and manage risk in their humanitarian initiatives.

How do ACFID members respond in emergency situations?

ACFID members that support or undertake humanitarian assistance are committed to adhering to the humanitarian assistance principles of humanity, impartiality, independence and neutrality. These principles are derived from international humanitarian law and are central to establishing and maintaining access to those in need of humanitarian assistance.

ACFID members also commit to providing accurate information about the emergency to donors and how any funds donated will be used.

How are ACFID members kept accountable?

ACFID manages a suite of compliance mechanisms designed to ensure that all Code signatories are compliant with its requirements. This includes annual reporting and reviewing ACFID members’ appeals websites for compliance with the Code. An independent, voluntary Code of Conduct Committee monitors adherence to the Code and investigates complaints regarding breaches of the Code.

Find out more about the ACFID Code of Conduct.

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