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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



You may want to include definitions so your stakeholders clearly understand your EDMF.


Content gatherer

Someone who documents a contributor’s story via photographs, videos, oral interviews and written testimony.


What stories are made of. Content can include copy, images, sound, video and data.


Someone who shares their storytelling content with an organisation that intends to publish their content. In the context of not-for-profit organisations, contributors are usually program participants, staff, volunteers and members.


Written words and numbers.

Cultural norms

Informal understandings of group conduct that govern the behaviour of members of a society.


The feeling of having decision-making power, freedom and autonomy over life choices, together with the feeling of self-worth and self-confidence, and feeling that one has the respect of others.


Authority or power given to someone to do something.

Ethical decision-making framework

A structured series of questions and issues for consideration that help people make choices when they are faced with situations that require value judgements.

Ethical dilemma

A situation that has no clear right or wrong answer.


Two-dimensional visual representations. Images include ‘still’ images such as photographs, artworks and illustrations, and ‘moving’ images such as videos, animations and GIFs.

Informed consent

When a contributor grants permission to publish their story with full knowledge of the possible consequences, including possible risks and benefits. Informed consent must be granted without duress.


A person’s right to control access to their information and identity.


A person or organisation that publishes stories using methods such as print, websites, social media, press releases etc.


Due regard for the feelings, wishes or rights of others.


A story can include written, visual, verbal and data elements. These elements can exist alone or in a combination with other story elements.


The act of sharing stories.

Vicarious trauma

The inner transformation that occurs in the inner experience of the therapist [or other professional] that comes about as a result of empathic engagement with clients’ trauma material. (Pearlman and Saakvitne, 1995)