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Don’t miss the opportunity to engage with your colleagues as ACFID National Conference returns to an in-person event this year. Can’t make it to Sydney? Join us online from around the world.

Check out the conference platform and register here.

Global Development 2.0:

disruptive dynamics, inspired ideas


Coming out of the last few years, the world and global development sector are in a state of flux, so much so, that a new word has hit our dictionaries – “permacrisis”. This term describes the extended period of instability and insecurity faced by nations around the world, from the economic and social turmoil borne from protracted crisis to the degradation of our natural world and repeated ongoing humanitarian disasters resulting from climate change. From the misinformation and misdirection contributing to division, increased marginalization, and political disparity and disillusionment; to the ongoing recovery from coronavirus, whilst preparing for the next to emerge. It’s safe to say the coming years will be hard, particularly for nations and communities already suffering the hardest.

It is easy to become overwhelmed by the challenge ahead.

This year, as our sector comes together physically after three years, ACFID Conference 2023 turns our attention to the passion, the expertise and the energy that can be found in all corners of the world from the innovators, the youth and the extraordinary people and organisations that are not sitting down and waiting.

From what is being overhauled, to what’s around the corner, join us to discuss:

  • What partnerships and collaborations are needed to push systemic change at the top, so grassroots organisations can continue the work on the ground?
  • Which donors are prepared to disrupt the current funding models and how can civil society access them?
  • What technology is emerging that can be harnessed for collective impact?
  • How do we support and elevate the wisdom of traditional knowledge and the vision of our youth?

We know top-down approaches are the way of the past. It’s time to truly listen to those most affected and work alongside them in support of a better way.

Nominations for ACFID 2023 Awards are now closed

A highlight of the 2023 ACFID Conference Dinner will be the presentation of our three major annual ACFID Awards as nominated by our Members and Australia’s media sector: the ACFID Sir Ronald Wilson Human Rights Award, the ACFID Outstanding Contribution to the Sector Award, and the ACFID Media Award. These awards provide an important opportunity to recognise the achievements of those who have made a significant impact and difference to the Australian aid and development sector.

Nominations are now closed.

Details on the individual awards, nomination and selection process are found here.  Nominations for each category closed on Friday, 15 September 2023 and the award recipients will be invited to virtually accept their award at ACFID’s 2023 National Conference dinner, held at The Roundhouse UNSW, October 18th 2023.

Concurrent session EOIs are now closed – thank you!

Stay tuned for Registrations to open at the start of August



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Annual Report 2021-22

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