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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

Home 5 Our Focus 5 PSEAH

Prevention of Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment (PSEAH)


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ACFID’s members are committed to further improving standards, practice and culture to prevent and respond to sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.
In 2018 ACFID commissioned the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (VIFM) to conduct an independent review into sector-wide practice in relation to the prevention of sexual misconduct. The independent review by VIFM outlined recommendations for strengthening both culture and practice. ACFID is continuing to implement the recommendations and to support ACFID members’ commitment to advancing the safeguarding of those who are vulnerable to sexual exploitation and abuse.

Review Documents

Shaping the Path

VIFM – ACFID Independent Review into the Practice and Response of ACFID members in the Prevention of Sexual Misconduct

ACFID Board Statement

A Statement from the Board of the Australian Council for International Development

ACFID PSEA Implementation Plan

This plan sets out ACFID’s approach to addressing issues of sexual exploitation and abuse in our sector.

1st Annual Update

1st annual update on the recommendations of the independent review to improve the practice and response in the prevention of sexual misconduct
June 2019

2nd Annual Update

2nd Annual update on the recommendations of the independent review to improve the practice and response in the prevention of sexual misconduct
August 2020

3rd Annual Update

3rd Annual update on the recommendations of the independent review to improve the practice and response in the prevention of sexual misconduct
October 2021

Support, guidance and learning for ACFID members


To support members in demonstrating their organisational commitment, ACFID has developed Guidance for the Development of a PSEAH Policy. Visit the Safeguarding section of our Good Practice Toolkit for further guidance, or contact [email protected] with your questions about the ACFID Code.

Peer learning

ACFID members regularly convene to explore and strengthen practice leadership via the ACFID Safeguarding Community of Practice (SG CoP). Contact [email protected] to join.

Free online learning

Introductory self-paced learning is available via the ‘Introduction to Safeguarding’ eLearning course, and curated resources are available via the PSEAH Resource Hub. ACFID is also supporting translated versions of our eLearning – contact [email protected] for more information.

Contact ACFID

Get in touch with ACFID about its work on the prevention of sexual misconduct via [email protected].

Support and information for individuals

If you have experienced sexual assault or sexual harassment and would like to speak to someone for support or information, 1800RESPECT can provide counselling 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via 1800 737 732 (free call) and online at www.1800respect.org.au.

If you have experience sexual assault and would like to make a complaint or report to the police, contact the relevant state and territory police contacts for sexual assault.

Complaints Mechanisms

ACFID’s Code of Conduct offers an independent mechanism to address concerns in relation to the conduct of ACFID members. Complaints should first be raised with the relevant ACFID member – information about members’ complaint mechanisms can be found on each ACFID member’s website. If you are not satisfied with the response, you can lodge a complaint with the ACFID Code of Conduct Committee.

Humanitarian Action for Those in Greatest Need

Effective and inclusive Development

Supporting NGOs as Valuable Partners

Development at the Heart of Australia’s International Engagement

Preventation of Sexual Exploitation and Harrasment