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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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A series of resolutions were debated and passed at conference, as well as endorsement of a new President, a new Vice-President, and two new Board members, and re-election of two members to the Code of Conduct Committee (CCC).

President election; Vice-President election; Board members

Susan Pascoe AM was elected as the new President of ACFID and will serve a two-year term leading ACFID’s Board which is comprised of leaders from across the peak-body’s membership. Speaking following her appointment, Ms Pascoe said “It is an honour to be appointed as ACFID’s new President. I would like to pay tribute to my predecessor Sam Mostyn who has been a powerful advocate for Australia’s international aid and development and for Australia to play a leading role in fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals.” Ms Pascoe has been a long-standing champion of ACFID’s self-regulatory practice, co-launching ACFID’s new code of good practice earlier in 2017 in her role as Commissioner of the ACNC.

Congratulations to all successful candidates and thank you to those ending their service on the Board and the CCC for their hard work and dedication.essful candidates and thank you to those ending their service on the Board and the CCC for their hard work and dedication.

New members

ACFID’s membership was strengthened again with a total of three new full members and four affiliates. The new full members are Heilala, Our Rainbow House, and Partner Housing Australasia.

The new affiliate members are Swinburne University of Technology’s Centre for Design Innovation, Charles Darwin University’s Menzies School of Health Research, James Cook University’s Cairns Institute, and Queensland University of Technology’s School of Public Health and Social Work.

Congratulations and welcome to all new members.


Several resolutions were passed unanimously at ACFID Council’s Annual General Meeting. This included:

  • Support of the Uluru Statement of the Heart, proposed by the chief executives of World Vision Australia and Caritas Australia, passed by over 125 of Australia’s foremost aid and development charities pledging to stand in solidarity with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for Makaratta through truth, justice and healing and agreement making.
  • Condemnation of the Australian Government’s policies in relation to the closing of the Manus Island Detention Centre, stating that refugees detained on Manus and Nauru were the “legal and moral responsibility of the Australian Government” and calling for the Government to provide safe, durable solutions for their resettlement; and
  • Advocating for the critical role of civil society in Australia, a resolution proposed by the chief executives of WWF Australia and Oxfam Australia calling on the Australian Government to halt “disturbing developments” which are set to restrict Australian charities’ funding and advocacy and instead use its position on the UN Human Rights Council to become an international champion for civil society. 

Read the resolutions in full here

Annual report

ACFID’s President Sam Mostyn and CEO Marc Purcell reported on the year past. The annual statistical survey showed that 2015-16, community support for development projects – through monetary and non-monetary donations – remained strong, but cuts to the Federal Government’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) budget resulted in a decrease in overall revenue for ACFID’s members.

Read the 2016-17 annual report in full here.