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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.

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.


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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

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Development Specialist

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation - CSIRO |
ACFID Member: 0
Location: ACT
Sub location(s): Canberra

Acknowledgement of Country
CSIRO acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land, sea and waters, of the area that we live and work on across Australia. We acknowledge their continuing connection to their culture and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. View our vision towards reconciliation

The Opportunity

​​​​​​Bring research skills and systems thinking to work on agriculture and food priorities in Asia and the Indo – Pacific
Co-design, collaborate, pilot and evaluate context-specific innovations and practices
Flexible work arrangements! A mix of home and office

CSIRO’s Agriculture and Food research from gene to plate increases productivity and efficiencies at the farm level, improving the quality and yield of Australian crops, developing innovative food processing technologies, creating new value-added foods, and growing the nation’s livestock, aquaculture and fishery industries. Our partnerships overseas address food systems challenges and foster a shared vision to create positive economic, environmental, and social impact.

As a Development Specialist, you will identify, leverage and co-design development-ready opportunities to take agri-food research into use in the Asia-Pacific region. The role will work closely and collaboratively with partners, regional agencies, funders and their networks and will play a critical connecting role between research contexts and development and regional drivers.

Strong communication, negotiation and diplomacy skills and an ability to work effectively in complex, dynamic and sometimes undefined circumstances will be critical to the role’s success. Prior experience and/or working knowledge of relevant Australian Government agencies working on agriculture and food issues in the Asia-Pacific region will set you up for success in this role. This is a Canberra-based position however, we are open to considering applicants with relevant skillsets outside Canberra who are willing to frequently travel for work to Canberra.

Your duties will include:
Proactively engage with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders, building effective working relationships and representing agri-food research projects, portfolios and potential at relevant Australian and regional fora.
Designing, facilitating and/or supporting critical reflection activities for complex systems research.
Understanding of adoption and decision-making to co-create pathways for diverse research outcomes and impact.
Contribute to the planning, delivery and monitoring of project tasks and deliverables
Translating research activities, outputs and outcomes into technical reports, scientific publications, practice briefs, policy briefs and/or presentations and discussions
Applying effective negotiation, brokering and facilitation skills to support cohesive and inclusive project and team environments.

Location: Canberra ACT preferred, however open to outside Canberra provided open to travel frequently for work to Canberra

Salary: AU$121k – AU$142k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified term of 3 years / Full – time

Reference: 91755

To be considered you will need:
A degree or relevant experience in international or community/rural development studies, social or economic science, political economy,international or social policy.
Demonstrated experience and/or prior working knowledge of relevant Australian Government agencies working on agriculture and food issues in the Asia-Pacific region.
Working knowledge of contemporary challenges facing sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region (including Australia).
Advanced communication skills, including facilitation, written and oral communication, relationship building and/or translation of scientific research to non-science audiences.

For full details about this role please review the Position Description.

Applications for this position are open to Australian/ New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents and Australian Temporary Residents with full working rights for the duration of the contract without requiring visa sponsorship support from CSIRO.

Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

Flexible Working Arrangements
We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work.

Diversity and Inclusion
We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish.

At CSIRO Australia’s national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact.

CSIRO is committed to values-based leadership to inspire performance and unlock the potential of our people.

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to Apply
Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close
24 September 2023, 11:00pm AEST

Closing Date: Sep 24, 2023