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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

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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.

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Joining ACFID means joining an experienced and powerful mix of like-minded organisations committed to good international development practice.

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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.

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Supporting NGOS

Supporting NGOs as Valuable Partners.

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Walking the talk on inclusive development.

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Elevating Development

Elevating Development to the Heart of Australia’s International Engagement.


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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 News 5 Media Releases 5 Government must support LGBTQIA+ human rights defenders, says Australian aid peak

Government must support LGBTQIA+ human rights defenders, says Australian aid peak

May 17, 2024 | Media Releases

Today marks the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), a timely reminder to advocate and take action for LGBTQIA+ rights across the world.  

Despite decades of progress on LGBTQIA+ rights in many countries, from decriminalisation to recognition of same-sex marriage, including in Australia, rights have become increasingly under threat in recent years. This comes at a time when democracy around the world is in regression. 

In 2024, there are at least 67 countries around the world which have laws that criminalise homosexuality, including new discriminatory legislation in at least three countries this year alone. Sentences for offences vary from fines, prison sentences to the death penalty.   
“It is dangerous to assume there is steady progress on LGBTQIA+ rights around the world, as we have seen anti-rights movements gain prominence in recent years – and new laws introduced that discriminate against LGBTQIA+ people,” said Dr Alex Edney-Browne, Policy and Government Relations Lead at ACFID.  

“Promoting and protecting equal rights of LGBTQIA+ persons must be an international human rights priority for the Australian Government and the wider global community,” said Dr. Edney-Browne. 

“In ACFID’s recent submission to the Australian Government’s LGBTQIA+ Human Rights Engagement Strategy, we called for the Government to increase Australia’s Inclusion and Equality Fund to $15m per annum to support human rights defenders and CSOs working on the frontlines advancing LGBTQIA+ human rights and equality,” she said.   

The Inclusion and Equality Fund currently sits at $3.5m per annum, and the Federal Budget released on Tuesday showed no increases to this fund despite rising attacks on LGBTQIA+ rights in our region and beyond.   

ACFID have also called on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to risk and needs assess support for LGBTQIA+ people in all DFAT-led designs and programs by 2025, and to extend this to partner-led designs and programs by 2027. Read our submission here.  


  • The main purpose of International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, is to raise awareness of the violence, discrimination and pression of LGBTQIA+ communities worldwide and to promote advocacy and action for the protection of LGBTQIA+ people.  
  • The date of May 17 was chosen to commemorate the World Health Organisation’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder. 
  • At WorldPride in Sydney in 2023, Minister Wong announced the new Inclusion and Equality Fund, as well as committing to a dedicated LGBTQIA+ Human Rights Engagement Strategy. 
  • The LGBTQIA+ Human Rights Engagement Strategy is currently under development, and expected to be released by DFAT in the second half of this year. ACFID will be watching closely to see whether the Strategy demonstrates adequate ambition. 
  • In 2023-2024, new legislation in Uganda, Ghana and Iraq discriminates against LGBTQIA+ people, with harsh penalties for same-sex relationships. 
  • Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF), a Ugandan NGO, has documented 55 arrests under Uganda’s new Anti-Homosexuality Act (2023), three death penalty cases forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions, 254 evictions of persons accused to be or associated with LGBTQIA+ people and 202 other cases of actual or threatened violence.