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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

What did we hear and learn at ACFID’s National Conference

Current development challenges and the space for innovation were the key topics addressed by international and national development practitioners, scientists, campaigners, social entrepreneurs and representatives from the private and the social services sector at the ACFID National Conference in October 2015.

An overarching message was the need for innovation to tackle complex and emerging development challenges. However many speakers forcefully made the point that innovation shouldn’t be the goal in itself; the ultimate goal must be impact.

Innovation is driven by collaboration, unusual partnerships, not accepting complacency and a focus on organisational culture, leadership and value-add.

Innovation is no silver bullet and it must be tempered with a focus on tried and tested approaches. Policy makers and practitioners alike must assess the value of an idea, rather than how it is labeled.

Australian aid agencies have brought much innovation to development over recent decades however there are opportunities for NGOs to have a more deliberate and systematic approach to innovation. Ultimately, driving lasting change often requires agencies and other development actors to work politically, supporting social movements and with a focus on systems change.

Journalist Karen Middleton led a panel discussion looking at disruptive challenges for society with academic Dr Haydn Washington; ACOSS CEO, Dr Cassandra Goldie; ActionAid CEO, Archie Law; and Global Compact Australia CEO, Alice Cope. The panel stressed that a ‘business as usual’ approach will not be sufficient to meet the challenges posed by climate change, inequality, poverty and conflict. Greater commitment and significant policy shifts are required by governments matched with enhanced collaboration across sectors and the building of social movements for change.

Conference participants heard about the importance of leadership for innovative and sustainable development from Dr Fiona Kerr and Fabian Dattner. Understandings of effective leadership have shifted from ‘command and control’ to collaboration. Australian agencies must invest in insights into how leaders are seen in their organisation.
We also heard about the fascinating world of neuroscience, with Dr Fiona Kerr providing stimulating examples of the connections between the human brain and the complexities of leading, collaboration and creativity which are all required for leading innovative and adaptive organisations.

In a final closing panel moderated by Marc Purcell, Sam Mostyn, President of ACFID, Brian Doolan, CEO of the Fred Hollows Foundation, Jo Hayter, CEO of the International Women’s Development Agency, Terence Wood from the Development Policy Centre at ANU, and Helen Steel from the Shared Value Project provided conference participants with a range of take-home messages.

They included: the need to work together to build a more compassionate Australia; for NGOs to devote more thought and resources to engaging politically to change systems; the need for the private sector to integrate poverty alleviation considerations into everyday practices; and the opportunities presented by the Sustainable Development Goals for greater cross-sectoral collaboration and development progress.