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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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Senior Policy & Advocacy Officer

The Fred Hollows Foundation |
ACFID Member: 1
Location: NSW | NT | QLD | Remote / Work From Home | VIC
Sub location(s): Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Darwin
  • Full time, Permanent Role based in NSW, QLD, NT, or VIC
  • Flexible work from home arrangements available, no mandated days in the office!
  • Do you want to do work that really matters? Help us end avoidable blindness.

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. Over 30 years 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 in Australia. 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.

The Senior Policy and Advocacy Advisor is accountable for delivering high level advocacy and policy initiatives in alignment with the IAP Principles, IAP Country Strategy, Team Charter, The Foundation’s Social Justice approach, and Foundations Strategic Framework.

You will have strong written and verbal communication skills with excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to translate creative ideas into practical solutions and options. Furthermore, you will have excellent relationship management skills, with the capacity to contribute to a strong policy evidence base through critical analysis. Finally, you will have project management skills and ability to be flexible with changing priorities.


  • Support the implementation of the IAP Advocacy Strategy and take ownership of the deliverables.
  • Undertake research and policy analysis on current and emerging policy areas related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye health.
  • Prepare high quality written materials including briefings, discussion papers and policy positions to inform the IAP and the Foundation’s approaches to advocacy and influencing.
  • Support the IAP to implement jurisdiction and national eye health sector advocacy initiatives.
  • Work with the IAP and our partners to translate program evidence, learning and research into policy positions.
  • Contribute to development of organisation and sector submissions to government in consultation with Government Relations and other inquiries as applicable.
  • Undertake advocacy at National and State/Territory forums to influence policy and practice change, including direct advocacy to Government, in line with the National Workforce Plan and National Eye Health Plan.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of quality project plans to ensure effective translation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander policy goals into actionable strategies and plans.
  • Work closely with The Foundation’s Social Justice and Regional Engagement team to support The Foundation’s commitment to social justice.
  • Actively engage with key stakeholders in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector and seek input and advice to enable advocacy activities and/or explore new partnerships that reflect community aspirations.


  • Open to interstate travel, as often as once a month.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully collaborate with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and a working knowledge of the diverse circumstances and cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • Demonstrated understanding of health issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • High level experience in areas of research, policy analysis and policy development
  • High level experience of writing in various formats for internal and external audiences
  • Knowledge or ability to acquire knowledge of national public policy across Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and eye health.
  • Understanding of advocacy and communication approaches
  • Experience actively participating in multidisciplinary committees and working groups to achieve shared goals.
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluating abstract goals and targets.
  • Existing networks across Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities or the confident ability to network and establish relationships.

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”, birthday leave; 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 the “Apply” Button, please include a CV and Cover Letter. Should you have any questions regarding the opportunity please reach out to our Talent Acquisition Team at [email protected]  for a confidential conversation. Kindly note that CVs will not be considered through this email address.


Applications Close: Wednesday the 10th of April 2024


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.


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

Closing Date: Apr 10, 2024