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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 JOBS 5 Legal Counsel

Legal Counsel

The Fred Hollows Foundation |
ACFID Member: 1
Location: NSW | NT | QLD | Remote / Work From Home
Sub location(s):

Do you want to do work that really matters? Help us end avoidable blindness
Full time, Permanent Role based in Sydney, Melbourne, Darwin or Brisbane (flexible work from home arrangements available)
Closing Date: Sunday the 11th of June 2023


The Foundation is an international development organisation working to prevent blindness and restore sight. We continue to carry on the legacy of Professor Fred Hollows, who believed every person had the right to quality eye care, no matter where they live. The Foundation has grown to work in more than 25 countries throughout Africa, South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and the Pacific, as well as Australia. The Foundation has restored sight to more than 3 million people worldwide. We have an ambitious five-year strategic plan that aims to take us even closer to realising our vision of a world in which no person is needlessly blind or vision impaired and Indigenous Australians exercise their right to sight and good health.

The Foundation is also proud to announce that we were awarded the Employer of Choice Award (Public Sector and NFP) at the 2022 Australian HR Awards.


To be successful in this role you will be an accountable and enthusiastic self-starter with strong communication skills. You will have the ability to work independently in an agile and diverse environment. Your passion for legal services and for being part of a dynamic and effective organization will be evident in your work.

You will have the resilience, pace, and interpersonal flexibility to succeed within the evolving demands of a development organization operating across 25+ countries. With these qualities, you will thrive in this role and contribute to the success of the team and organization.


The Legal Counsel is accountable for supporting the General Counsel in the legal aspects of The Foundation’s work, in a way that is aligned to The Foundation’s Values and Strategy.


The Legal Counsel will own the outcomes of:

Supporting (and learning from) the General Counsel across a range of legal matters in 25+ countries.
Support and advise on the legal aspects of undertaking new corporate initiatives including merger, acquisition and divestment activity, funds and joint ventures.
Best practice legal support for our related entities including social enterprise Alina Vision.
Legal aspects of change activity including entering into new jurisdictions and where relevant exit.
Provide effective and timely legal advice to the business as requested, including reviewing and advising on contracts, intellectual property, corporate and government law matters, being cognisant of the not for profit international development sector and The Foundation’s context and reputation
Provide global employment law support including instructing local external counsel where required.
Collaborate with stakeholders on legal aspects of projects including engagement with external legal, accounting, regulatory and industry bodies where appropriate.
Collaborate within the Legal Governance Risk & Compliance team to enhance delivery of services to stakeholders.
Other tasks as requested by your manager.


Experience with cross-border commercial initiatives
Experience with employment law
PQE 3-5+ in Australia or other common law jurisdiction

Something EXTRA to get our attention (Not Essential!)

Experience in a number of the following legal fields: contracts; cross border transactions; M&A; joint ventures; corporate governance; employment and change projects
Experience in one or more of the following key jurisdictions outside Australia: HK; Singapore; UK; US
Experience in international governance.
Experience at a top-tier firm.
Experience with autonomous provision of legal services in an in-house environment.

How we recognise your contribution

Through our internal programs and employee benefits we aim to create an environment where you will feel supported and empowered. Whether your focus is on continuous learning, professional development or finding an environment which enables you to thrive while balancing family or personal commitments, we have a range of programs in place to support you. Including:

Generous salary packaging – we provide access to not-for-profit salary packaging options, which will increase your take home pay, we also offer 17.5% annual leave loading
Flexible work environment – we focus on output, not hours and enable you to prioritise your health and wellbeing
Generous leave allowances – we offer Paid parental leave; 5 days bonus leave every year; an annual Foundation-wide “Me Day”; and time off for culturally significant/ceremonial leave
Ongoing commitment to your continuous learning and career development – through tailored leadership and professional development programs, access to Linkedin Learning and focused development conversations.
To find out more about our benefits click here


Please apply directly via apply button. Should you have any questions regarding the opportunity please reach out to our Talent Acquisition Specialist, at [email protected] for a confidential conversation. Kindly note that CVs will not be considered through this email address.

Applications Close: Sunday the 11th of June 2023

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply for this position.

The Fred Hollows Foundation is committed to protecting the rights of children and community partners in all areas where we work. Applicants are advised that The Foundation reserves the right to conduct police checks and other screening procedures to ensure we maintain and promote a child safe environment. The Foundation is also committed to protecting the health of our beneficiaries, donors and partners and require incumbents of this role to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (except where medical conditions may make vaccination harmful to their health).

Please note: We will not be accepting CV’s via agencies for this role.

Closing Date: Jun 11, 2023