ACFID Connect

Our purpose is to lead and unite our
members in action for a just, equitable
and sustainable world.

Here you’ll find how you can connect
with us and find the right resources and
support for your role, project and organisation.

ACFID sets the standard

The ACFID Code of Conduct sets a benchmark for good practice in the Australian NGO community, as well as being an organisational effectiveness and learning tool. The Code enhances the transparency, accountability and effectiveness of ACFID’s members.

Sign up for updates on the Code
and other NGO standards

ACFID’s Code of Conduct Committee

ACFID’s Code of Conduct Committee (CCC) was established to support the Australian humanitarian and development sector to achieve the highest ethical standards and effectiveness by promoting integrity and best practice in accountability and transparency through ACFID’s Code of Conduct.

The CCC operates independently of ACFID’s board, with the responsibility of granting, suspending and revoking Code of Conduct signatory status; compliance assessments; and investigating and adjudicating complaints.

The CCC works with ACFID’s Board and Secretariat to develop and administer the Code of Conduct, promote the Code, and educate signatories about the Code.

There are currently no vacancies on the Code of Conduct Committee.

ACFID advocates

ACFID is an influential voice on critical and emerging issues impacting the achievement of inclusive and sustainable development and humanitarian practice. ACFID focuses on a number of different issues of which our members work towards, such as climate change action and civil society inclusion.

Read about our advocacy on:

  • Climate change
  • Civil society
  • International engagement
  • Humanitarian action
  • Inclusive development
  • Supporting NGOs


Email the Advocacy team

[email protected]


Strategic Policy Group

The Strategic Policy Group is a small group comprising Heads/Directors of Policy (or similar) from member agencies and meets fortnightly. Express interest in joining the SPG by emailing [email protected]


Government Relations Group

We work with government to foster an open, accountable and fair enabling environment for international development and humanitarian practice.

Learn more below


Media Group

This group brings together media advisors across ACFID’s membership to share media planning, media events and joint statements. Express interest in joining the media group by emailing [email protected]


Humanitarian Reference Group

The ACFID Humanitarian Reference Group (HRG) is the independent voice of humanitarian agencies in Australia. It provides a mechanism for ACFID members working in international humanitarian assistance to share information, strengthen coordination, and engage in policy dialogue and advocacy to strengthen humanitarian response. HRG members work across a range of areas including protracted crises, disaster risk reduction, humanitarian effectiveness, civil-military engagement, and protection.

The HRG is made up of ACFID’s members with significant operational involvement in humanitarian response, who have the capacity to contribute to the work plan of the HRG.

Please express interest to join the Humanitarian Reference Group by emailing [email protected]

ACFID builds capacity

We aim to build sector capability so that Australia has a high performing development and humanitarian sector that delivers for the stakeholders it serves. We regularly collaborate with member organisations and ACFID Communities of Practice to convert practice leadership into learning opportunities for the wider sector.

View our work in development practice:

  • Climate change
  • Civil society
  • Prevention of sexual assault and harassment

Sign up for updates on learning opportunities and events

Email the Learning team

[email protected]


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, including the 2022 Independent Evaluation of the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).
There are currently no vacancies on the DPC.

ACFID works with government

We work with government to foster an open, accountable and fair enabling environment for international development and humanitarian practice. We advocate and lobby to government on behalf of our members to maintain collaboration between NGOs and government actors in the sector and build a policy and regulatory environment that enables the work of its members.

Read about our:

  • Latest policy briefs
  • Partnership with DFAT
  • Latest submissions to government

Government Relations Group

The Government Relations group meets weekly. This brings together government relations and advocacy staff focused on political influencing.

Click here to join.

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government relations

ACFID informs

ACFID endeavours to be a leader in information in the international development sector. We provide bespoke communications to our members, along with breaking insights, thought pieces and technical analysis.


  • ACFID’s latest news
  • Our thought leader ideas
  • Our latest resources, publications and more

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Tailor your communications to your interests

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ACFID connects

ACFID leads, unites and supports international development and humanitarian organisations for a just, sustainable and equitable world, connecting stakeholders within and across sectors.

Attend the ACFID Conference

26-27 October 2022 — Virtual
ACFID National Conference 2022 will focus our attention on acting now for a healthy planet and a just and resilient future for all.

More information

Contact us

If you haven’t found what you’re looking for, please get in touch and we will help you as best we can.

Phone: 02 6285 1816

Email: [email protected]


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Annual Report 2021-22

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.



Conference 2022


Acting with evidence, equity and inclusion for a resilient future.

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

Budget Analysis

Federal Budget 2022 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