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 connects

ACFID leads, unites and supports international development and humanitarian organisations for a just, sustainable and equitable world, connecting stakeholders within and across sectors. For our members, this also means connecting you with each other and providing you with member-only forums which will always have the ACFID Connect brand.

We will continue to develop this page as we improve our events and communications portal. 

For the moment, we strongly recommend signing up for “The ACFID Weekly“. This comes out each Friday and contains all the information you need for relevant updates from ACFID and upcoming events.

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.

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 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.

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).


Humanitarian Reference Group

The ACFID Humanitarian Reference Group (HRG) is the independent voice of humanitarian agencies in Australia. The HRG is made up of ACFID’s members with significant operational involvement in humanitarian response, who have the capacity to contribute to the activities of the HRG It provides a mechanism for ACFID members working in international humanitarian assistance to share information, strengthen coordination, advocate to strengthen humanitarian response and engage in policy dialogue with DFAT.

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.

Government Relations Group

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

Express interest in joining the Government Relations Group by emailing the Policy & Advocacy Team.

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.

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.


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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