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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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Provoking Change for Impact – Our Keynote Speakers

2016 Keynotes

On day one of ACFID’s conference four keynote speakers addressed delegates, giving provocative speeches which set the context for debate at the conference.

Richard Moore – Former AusAid Deputy Director General

Richard Moore advocated for development to be at the heart of Australian diplomacy and called for the Government to create a comprehensive development policy. He argued that the sector was losing volume debates, was silent on issues of approach and effectiveness and there was an allergy to discussing national interest. Download full speech here.

Download the Richard Moore Illustrations here and here.

Shalmali Guttal – Executive Director of Focus on the Global South

Shalmali Guttal highlighted the ways in which NGOs have often adapted to, instead of challenged the structures of global inequality and poverty. She critiqued the INGO business model and mainstream modalities of partnership and challenged the audience to confront their own power.

Download the Shalmali Guttal Illustration here.

Dame Meg Taylor – Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum

In setting out a new era for Pacific Regionalism, Dame Meg Taylor, said it must be adaptive, innovative and inclusive. She said the framework for Pacific regionalism presented some challenges for Australian foreign policy, posing the question ‘How will its foreign policy engage with an inclusive regional public policy approach?’

Download the Dame Meg Taylor Illustration here.

Kerry Graham – Director of Collaboration for Impact

In our final keynote speech, Kerry Graham said leadership needed to be redefined from “crown wearers” to “collaborators”. Kerry said the sector needed to unleash network leaders and shape how we run our organisations based on the impetus for collaboration and to direct the skills of network leaders towards our issues.

Download the Kerry Graham Illustration here.