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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 8: Resource Management

Quality Principle 8:
Resource Management

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


Quality Principle 8 recognises the importance of building trust with all stakeholders through the good management and use of resources. It includes member requirements regarding fundraising and financial management. The Compliance Indicators that relate to financial management and reporting have been developed in close consultation with the CCC to streamline current obligations wherever possible while also ensuring that requirements are clear and accommodate the diversity of ACFID Members.

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Fundraising activities are often the public face of our organisations. The application of ethics in fundraising is not only a requirement but also an opportunity. It provides the means to enter into ongoing relationships of trust with donors, supporters and volunteers and, most importantly, with the beneficiaries of the funds raised. Member organisations’ commitment to the values of their organisations and the values of the Code of Conduct will be displayed through fundraising activities. It is the right of our donors to know these are upheld. Furthermore, the dignity of donors must be respected and they should be viewed as participants in the mission of our organisations.

Australia has a complex regulatory system for fundraising which differs for each state and territory. Member organisations must be aware of and comply with these legal requirements through the development of appropriate internal processes and procedures.

In relation to the fundraising aspects of this Quality Principle, the Code includes reference to the ‘ACFID Fundraising Charter’ that has been developed alongside the proposed Code. The ACFID Fundraising Charter consolidates fundraising standards for ACFID Members. It has been developed in response to ongoing discussion within the sector on how to ensure and communicate a common understanding of fundraising standards. The Fundraising Charter was drafted by ACFID through consultation workshops and with input from the Images and Messages Community of Practice.

The Code of Conduct also places significant emphasis on financial management and reporting.  The need for irreproachable management and application of donated funds and transparent, easily comparable financial reporting are central to the credibility of aid and development organisations. The Compliance Indicators and Verifiers that relate to financial matters are therefore more prescriptive than for many other parts of the Code.

Quality Principle 8 is implemented through three Commitments by ACFID Members.



We source our resources ethically.


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


We report on the acquisition and use of our resources.