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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


Code of Conduct Requirements

Ethical communications fall under several Quality Principles in the Code of Conduct. The relevant sections are:

Quality Principle 6. Communication

Quality principle: Development and humanitarian organisations communicate truthfully and ethically.

Commitment 6.2

We collect and use information ethically.

Compliance Indicator 6.2.1

Members’ communications are accurate, respectful, and protect privacy and dignity.

The Verifier for this Compliance Indicator requires Members to have:

An ethical decision-making framework, which must:

  • Align with the values of their organisation and this Code.
  • Commit the organisation to the use of images and messages in communications in a way that portrays the affected people in a manner that respects their dignity, values, history, religion, language and culture, and is authentic to the context, person and terms of consent given.
  • Be consistent with ACFID’s Fundraising Charter (8.1.2).
  • Be consistent with the Members’ privacy policy (7.2.2).

Quality Principle 8. Resource Management

Quality principle: Development and humanitarian organisations acquire, manage and report on resources ethically and responsibly.

Commitment 8.1

We source our resources ethically.

Compliance Indicator 8.1.2

Members report their compliance with the ACFID Fundraising Charter annually to their own governing body.

The Verifier for this Compliance Indicator requires that:

Members have a clear ethical decision-making framework in place which aligns with the values of their organisation and the Code and includes:

  • A commitment to portraying affected people in a way that respects their dignity, values, history, religion, language and culture.
  • A process that integrates a range of key staff in the organisation (e.g. communications, planning, child protection and CEO) in decision-making where appropriate.
  • Clear responsibilities for approval for public use of images and messages.
  • A process which recognises and balances both donors and affected people but which gives primacy to the primary stakeholders.
Other ACFID Code of Conduct principles that support ethical communications:

Quality Principle 4. Quality and Effectiveness

Development and humanitarian organisations and responses are informed by evidence, planning, assessment and learning.

4.2.2 Members assess and manage risk in their development and humanitarian initiatives.

Quality Principle 9. People and culture

Development and humanitarian organisations manage and support their people fairly and effectively.

9.4.1 Members specify the expectation of professional conduct of all staff and volunteers.