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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 Quality Principle 6

Quality Principle 6:

Development and humanitarian organisations communicate truthfully and ethically.


Quality Principle 6 recognises the importance of our communications in building and maintaining trust with all stakeholders. Integrity in all our communication is critical to building and sustaining confidence among donors and stakeholders. Ensuring that communications are developed with integrity provides organisations with credibility among key stakeholders, including the communities that it seeks to support and donors from whom it receives support.

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ACFID Members’ donors and supporters should have a clear understanding of Member organisation’s values. These values should be aligned to the values of the ACFID Code of Conduct and the way Members’ work should be communicated. To demonstrate integrity, marketing materials should reflect both the Member organisation’s values and the values of the ACFID Code of Conduct to which it is a signatory.

This Quality Principle recognises that it is important to maintain the reputation, credibility and trust of NGOs amongst all stakeholders and foster the principles of fairness and cooperation amongst NGOs in the sector. Accurate communications about our own and other NGOs is important in building trust and credibility in the public domain and amongst other stakeholders including partners and communities. Misinformation or negative information about one NGO will impact on the perception of the sector as a whole.  The Commitment to truthful communications (6.1) does not discourage the use of a responsible complaints mechanism where a legitimate concern with another NGO arises. The Code of Conduct has a robust complaints mechanism which should be followed. It respects the principles of confidentiality, independence and response.

Communications have a critical role not only as a marketing tool, but as an important component of our overall approach to accountability and transparency. The Quality Principle includes reference to the ‘ACFID Fundraising Charter’ which is articulated in Quality Principle 8.

Quality Principle 6 is implemented through two Commitments by ACFID Members.



We are truthful in our communications.


We collect and use information ethically.