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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

Home 5 Good Practice Toolkit 5 Overview 5 Quality Principles and Commitments

Quality Principles and Commitments

The Quality Principles and associated Commitments shown in the table below form the core of the ACFID Code of Conduct.
Quality Principles Commitments
    Development and humanitarian responses respect and protect human rights and advance inclusion.
  1. We respect and protect human rights. 
  2. We respect and respond to the needs, rights and inclusion of those who are vulnerable and those who are affected by marginalisation and exclusion.  
  3. We support people affected by crisis. 
  4. We advance the safeguarding of children.
  5. We advance the safeguarding of those who are vulnerable to sexual exploitation and abuse.
    Development and humanitarian responses enable sustainable change through the empowerment of local actors and systems.
  1. We promote the participation of primary stakeholders. 
  2. We promote the empowerment of primary stakeholders.
  3. We promote gender equality and equity.
  4. We promote the empowerment of people with disabilities. 
  5. We promote the participation of children.
    Development and humanitarian responses contribute to the realisation of sustainable development.
  1. We seek durable and lasting improvements in the circumstances and capacities of primary stakeholders. 
  2. We contribute to systemic change. 
  3. We promote environmental stewardship and sustainability.
    Development and humanitarian organisations and responses are informed by evidence, planning, assessment and learning.
  1. We articulate clear strategic goals for our work. 
  2. We analyse and understand the contexts in which we work. 
  3. We invest in quality assessment of our work. 
  4. We reflect on, share and apply results and lessons with stakeholders.
    Development and humanitarian organisations and responses are informed by evidence, planning, assessment and learning.
  1. We respect and understand those with whom we collaborate. 
  2. We have a shared understanding of respective contributions, expectations, responsibilities and accountabilities of all parties. 
  3. We invest in the effectiveness of our collaborations and partnerships.
    Development and humanitarian organisations communicate truthfully and ethically.
  1. We are truthful in our communications.
  2. We collect and use information ethically.
    Development and humanitarian organisations are governed in an accountable, transparent and responsible way.
  1. We are not-for-profit and formed for a defined public benefit.
  2. We meet our legal and compliance obligations.
  3. We are accountable to our stakeholders.
  4. We have responsible and independent governance mechanisms.
    Development and humanitarian organisations acquire, manage and report on resources ethically and responsibly.
  1. We source our resources ethically. 
  2. We ensure that funds and resources entrusted to us are properly controlled and managed. 
  3. We report on the acquisition and use of our resources.
    Development and humanitarian organisations manage and support their people fairly and effectively.
  1. We have the human resource capacity and capability to deliver our work. 
  2. We protect, value and support our people. 
  3. We manage our people effectively and fairly. 
  4. We enable our people to conduct themselves professionally and according to our stated values.