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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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Reflections on the 2016 National Conference, Marc Purcell, ACFID CEO

Reflections on the 2016 National Conference, Marc Purcell, ACFID CEO

ACFID’s national conference in October 2016 marked our largest member engagement event in recent years and the culmination of months of preparation by ACFID’s secretariat.

Building on previous conference themes of ‘disruptive change’ and ‘innovation’, we explored a bold, future agenda for the Australian development sector, taking into account the changing context for development, the need to innovate and do development differently, in order to have impact. In doing so, we tackled three themes: Australia’s development agenda in 2025; The role of Australian NGOs in 2025; and Collaboration for maximum impact.

Thought-provoking speeches challenging the way we approach development were made throughout conference. Not only did they provoke new thinking, but also set delegates on a path to answering some of our most confronting questions. Member-led sessions and expert panels allowed delegates to horizon-scan, but also delivered practical steps for changing practice.

There are questions which arose at conference which we must now answer. How do we better partnerwith the communities in which we work and shape our own organisations accordingly? Where and how do we focus our official aid and development efforts to deliver the greatest impact and implement the SDGs? How can our sector become more effective at collaboration both with ourselves and other actors to affect structural change and longer lasting social impact. And, as Minister Concetta Fierravanti-Wells posed at conference, how can we better communicate with the public about the importance of aid and development?

As we face a crucial juncture for foreign policy and development, we must lead the conversation and strongly advocate our best ideas and practical solutions to our key stakeholders and the public. The Government’s White Paper for Foreign Policy is a great opportunity for ACFID and its members to make our case.

We look forward to working with our partners to grasp this opportunity.

Marc Purcell, ACFID CEO

Illustrated Welcome to 2016 Annual Conference