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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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Support NGOs as Valuable Partners

Supporting NGOs

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NGOs are a vital partner in delivering Australia’s international development assistance, with strong experience and expertise and deep relationship with people and communities across the Indo-Pacific region.

As COVID-19 first spread in 2020, Australian NGOs provided a uniquely rapid, localised, and well coordinated critical support to communities across the Asia Pacific region. In many countries, the ability to do so was due to networks, knowledge, and relationships that have been built over decades. Yet maintaining a vibrant NGO sector in Australia and our region requires addressing a range of challenges to charity sustainability such as a flatlined aid budget, crowded charity fundraising environment, economic disruption, and new business models that are high cost but offer uncertain returns. NGOs also face challenges associated with public trust in charities and increasing public expectations and government regulation of charity accountabilities.

The Australian NGO Cooperation Program

The Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) has a 40-year track record as a civil society partnership that brings results, lasting impact, and enables testing of innovative responses to long term problems. DFAT’s own evaluation of the ANCP corroborates the effectiveness of the program’s approach. A 2015 review described the ANCP as “one of the best performing programs,” delivering 18.2 per cent of DFAT’s aggregate development results for only 2.7 per cent of the overall development program spend. The ANCP is currently undergoing an updated independent evaluation.

Advocacy to support NGOs as partners

In advocating for the role of NGOs as valuable partners to deliver Australia’s humanitarian assistance and development cooperation program, ACFID has highlighted the importance of flexible and predictable funding, streamlining compliance requirements, creating headroom for innovation and growth, and prioritising (including through funding) initiatives which aim to build and strengthen partnerships between government, NGOs and the private sector, as well as within and between NGOs themselves. You can read more about ACFID’s advocacy to support NGOs in our Advocacy Agenda.

ACFID also works to elevate the role of NGOs in development through advocating for civil society strengthening across our region.

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