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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

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Propositions for innovation and impact

Through the masterclass leading up to conference and three participatory workshops at conference, ACFID asked participants to put forward propositions on fast-tracking innovation and impact in our sector.
Masterclass & Workshops

Through the masterclass leading up to conference and three participatory workshops at conference, ACFID asked participants to put forward propositions on fast-tracking innovation and impact in our sector. The following propositions were put forward and will be considered by ACFID, particularly through its Development Practice Committee, to shape our future policy and practice work on innovation and collaboration.

Innovation masterclass

  • We would like space and a culture in our sector, working collaboratively across and with other sectors, to explore, trial, scale, and learn from ideas and people who are nurtured, given space to incubate; leading to creative solutions and responses to new and old problems.
  • We need to create a fundamental shift so that innovation is at the core of what we do. We can achieve this by co-creating with external/ non-traditional stakeholders to allow space for new ideas and to learn from our failures.
  • To fast track innovation in the aid and development sector, we recommend formal and informal spaces to collaborate in order to increase impact across attitudes, people, and processes that transcend organisational boundaries and respond to global development challenges.
  • To fast track innovation, we need to create a culture that values innovation by using champions to educate the masses; to learn from failure and success; to allocate resources to try new ideas. We need to measure and forecast impact, consistently, to help prioritise funding opportunities. We need to find a meaningful way to connect with successful commercial organisations to generate fabulous ideas for social impact.
  • The purpose of innovation is to maximise impact. Innovation is not the end in and of itself rather the end goal is the impact that innovation enables. Therefore, NGOs need to switch their focus from innovation to impact. This will require a cultural shift which enables a new thinking and readiness to adapt business models to achieve this change. Inevitably it will require different levels of collaboration.

SDGs and transformation development workshop

  • Call on the Government to establish an independent commission to drive and monitor the implementation of the SDG’s within Australia our aid program overseas.
    Winning the great aid debate workshop
  • In the wake of the new global goals for sustainable development, and with a Federal Election looming, the Australian aid sector has the opportunity to engage Australians with community organising and leadership development, build strong connections with candidates and build a strong public movement in support of Australian aid.

Australians NGOs and innovation workshop

  • Australian NGOs should focus on what they do well, get better at doing it, exercise leadership in their area of expertise and work with others to drive change.
  • ACFID should create an enabling environment for accelerating innovation in the aid and development sector through bringing together different stakeholder/unusual suspects to share ideas, develop networks, pursue opportunities, capture lessons and demonstrate impact.
  • DFAT should map, connect, facilitate and fund collaborations between development actors which enable considered risk taking and deliver new solutions to specific problems