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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

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Chief Executive Officer

Act for Peace |
ACFID Member: 1
Location: Australia | Any Major City | Hybrid | NSW
Sub location(s):

Who are we looking for?

 A decisive leader with strong understanding or lived experience of displacement and forced migration.

A person with insight into the changing operating, ethical and policy context for international NGO’s, particularly localisation and the shifting donor landscape.

A leader with the ability to drive transformational change through collaboration with the Board and staff, as well as international civil society coalitions, refugee advocates, and Australian partners.

A person with an ethical commitment to work towards the transfer of power to those most affected by displacement and forced migration.

A person with an imaginative business mindset, with the capacity to envision and deliver new modes of operation and collaboration that build on Act for Peace’s strengths and the latent talent and expertise of people affected by displacement.

Commitment to the underlying values and principles of Act for Peace and the National Council of Churches of Australia, with a vision to promote deeper direct engagement from churches and constituents in solidarity and concern.


 Act for Peace has embarked on an ambitious, Board-initiated process to envision a new mode of operation that equips the organisation to both fulfil our vision and purpose and sets a foundation for ongoing financial sustainability. A change process is already well underway to restore the budget to balance for FY25 and protect the organisation’s significant reserves. An interim CEO is in place to support this process until March 2024. The Board has an “open mind” to future new ways of working and modes of operation and aims to have implemented fundamental changes in the operating context by December 2025.

Key Objectives to December 2025

 Provide a visionary, purpose-driven and creative voice to the consultation process with the Board, staff and stakeholders as together we envision a new future (March – Dec 24).

  1. Provide sound advice to the Board on the changing policy and operating context, and emerging financial and operational risks.
  2. Provide leadership and support to staff throughout the process, including fostering the collaborative, collegial team culture and re-positioning the CEO role into the new model.
  3. Work closely with the Chief of Operations to manage the ongoing operations of AfP that meets the interests and obligations of the organisation, supporters, institutional donors, and partner organisations.
  4. Support the transition of the organisation to a new business model as approved by the Board (Jan- Dec 25).

 Safeguarding Requirements and Responsibilities

 Act for Peace takes the prevention of fraud, sexual misconduct and harassment, and the protection of children seriously.

  • Employment is conditional upon the outcome of an Australian Police Background check, as well as an equivalent police background check for any country in which the applicant has lived for more than 12 months during the last five years and for each country of citizenship.   A Working with Children Check is also required.
  • Strict adherence to our Code of Conduct, Child Safeguarding Policy, Child Safeguarding Code of Conduct, Prevention of Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment (PSEAH) Policy and the Privacy Policy is mandatory.

Selection Process

Act for Peace is calling for Expressions of Interest in this role by 13th November 2023.

We recognise that people affected by displacement and forced migration may have experienced significant disruption to their education and work life. We welcome applications from people who can articulate a clarity of purpose around the Act for Peace vision, can demonstrate the ability to lead transformational change, and can represent the organisation’s values with conviction.

Expressions of Interest should include either a cover letter or short recorded video outlining why you are a strong candidate, along with a CV of relevant experience for the role.

Please send your Expressions of Interest to Margot Gallagher at [email protected]

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for a preliminary discussion prior to a formal interview process with the Board recruitment panel.


Closing Date: Nov 13, 2023