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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

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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

Home 5 Good Practice Toolkit 5 ACFID Policy Guidance

ACFID Policy Guidance

These guidance documents have been produced to help organisations develop, implement and review various policies, in accordance with the ACFID Code of Conduct.

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Commitment 1.4

We advance the safeguarding of children.

Guidelines for the Development of a Child Safeguarding Policy

A vital element in building and maintaining a child safe organisation is to develop and implement an active and robust child protection policy and procedures.

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Commitment 1.5

We advance the safeguarding of those who are vulnerable to sexual exploitation and abuse.

Guidance for the Development of a Prevention of Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment Policy

A PSEAH policy outlines your organisation’s commitment to the prevention of sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment, as well as outlining the responsibilities of staff, volunteers, partners, etc.

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Commitment 2.4

We promote the empowerment of people with disabilities.

Guidance for the Development of a Disability Inclusion Policy

Developing a statement, guidance document or disability inclusion policy is an important foundational step for ACFID members to
demonstrate organisational commitment to disability inclusion.

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Commitment 4.3

We invest in quality assessment of our work.

Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Guidance Note

This guidance note outlines the key principles that underpin the disciplines of planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning, and how these are reflected throughout the ACFID Code of Conduct

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Commitment 5.2

We have a shared understanding of respective contributions, expectations, responsibilities and accountabilities of all parties.

Guidance on Collaboration and Partnerships

This Guidance is designed to help and support ACFID members understand, meet and implement their obligations under the ACFID Code of Conduct. It also offers advice and examples of how to strengthen practice over time, above and beyond the requirements in the Code.

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Commitment 6.2

We collect and use information ethically.

Ethical Decision-Making Framework for Communications

These guidelines explain how to create an Ethical Decision-Making Framework for Communications, to help your organisation address Compliance Indicator 6.2.1 and Compliance Indicator 8.1.2 in the ACFID Code of Conduct.

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Commitment 7.2

We are accountable to our stakeholders.

Guidance for the Development of a Complaints Handling Policy

A core part of holding ourselves to account for the work we undertake is developing and implementing comprehensive policies for the handling of complaints.

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Commitment 7.3

We are accountable to our stakeholders.

Policy Template ‘Non-Development Activity’

This policy template has been developed as a tool to assist ACFID’s members to develop policy to meet their obligations relating to Commitment 7.3 of the ACFID Code of Conduct, we are accountable to our stakeholders

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Commitment 8.2

We ensure that funds and resources entrusted to us are properly controlled and managed.

Financial Wrongdoing Policy

These Prevention of Financial Wrongdoing policy guidelines have been produced to provide guidance to members on how to develop, implement and review their financial wrongdoing policies and procedures.