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ACFID advocates to the Australian government and parliament for a compassionate and high impact development cooperation and humanitarian assistance program for Australia. ACFID advocates for international development policy and practice that is responsive to its context, based on partner country needs, takes account of what works, and is founded on internationally agreed norms for sustainable development, human rights, and open and inclusive societies.

New Development Policy 2023

ACFID has welcomed the Government’s new International Development PolicyThe Policy was launched alongside a new Performance and Delivery Framework and Development Finance Review.

Current Projects

More than 30 Australian humanitarian agencies sign joint letter calling on Government to act on Gaza

More than 30 humanitarian organisations have signed an open letter to Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and his senior ministers urging Australia to intervene diplomatically to safeguard civilian lives in war-torn Gaza. Click here to read the letter. The Australian...

Australian charities raise the bar; setting new standards for climate action, racial justice and local leadership

Almost 130 Australian international NGOs, who are members of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) yesterday ratified revised and strengthened best-practice standards for the Australian development and humanitarian aid sector. The standards...

$10 million humanitarian assistance for civillians in Gaza welcomed; ceasefire now needed

The Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) welcomes the Australian government’s announcement it will provide an initial contribution of $10 million to support humanitarian relief in Gaza, along with its strong calls to protect civilians.  ACFID now...

Aid sector welcomes ALP Conference resolution on aid budget

Delegates to the ALP Conference have today passed a motion that calls on the Albanese Government to commit to a plan and pathway to achieve a target of 0.5 percent when it comes to the foreign aid budget (ODA) as a percentage of Australian Gross National Income...

As two years since fall of Kabul marked, Australian Government urged to respond to Senate report on next steps

As the two-year anniversary of the Taliban taking power in Afghanistan is marked, the Australian aid and humanitarian sector is calling on the Australian Government to increase annual funding to the country to $80 million, amongst other measures. Today (August 15)...

ACFID’s New International Development Policy Analysis

ACFID's Analysis of the New International Development PolicyACFID has released our analysis of Australia's new International Development Policy, including the accompanying Performance and Delivery Framework and Development Finance Review. Read all about the highlights...

New international development policy reframes Australia’s development program

  The Australian Government has this morning released its eagerly-awaited new development policy, “Australia’s International Development Policy: For a peaceful, stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific.”  The policy sets the stage for Australia’s development...

Statement: ACFID supports decision to take Australian government to court over stranded children in Syria

  The Australian Council for International Development supports the decision by a group of Australian women and children to file a legal case in the Federal Court of Australia.  The group of 17 children and nine women, who have been trapped in detention camps in...

ACFID welcomes $29m foreign aid boost for crisis funding in Africa and Middle East

The Australian Council For International Development - ACFID - has warmly welcomed the Albanese Government's decision to allocate a further $29 million towards famine alleviation in the Horn of Africa and Middle East.  The amount brings to a total of $69 million that...
ACFID 2023-24 Federal Budget Front Cover. Features an image from PNG of men painting a mural

ACFID’s 2023-24 Federal Budget Analysis

ACFID has released our annual analysis of the Federal Budget as it relates to the development program.  While the Budget for 23-24 contains only modest immediate measures aimed at boosting ODA, ACFID recognises the Government is devoted to sequenced increases of 2.5...


ACFID Submission: Southeast Asia Economic Strategy

2024-2025 Pre-Budget Submission

Submission to Australia’s International Development Policy

ACFID – HRG Submission to Australia’s International Development Policy Review

ACFID Pre-Budget Submission 2023-24

ACFID Supplementary Submission on Australia’s Engagement in Afghanistan

Policy briefs

Election Policy Brief 2022 – Climate Change

Election Policy Brief 2022 – Development Finance

Election Policy Brief 2022 – Disability Inclusion

Election Policy Brief 2022 – Elevating Development

Election Policy Brief 2022 – Gender Equality

Election Policy Brief 2022 – Health


Code of Conduct for Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and NGOs in Disaster Relief

Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Guidance Note

Climate Change: Questions for your Governing Body

ACFID Guidance for the Development of a Disability Inclusion Policy (Accessible Word Document)

ACFID Guidance for the Development of a Disability Inclusion Policy (PDF)

PSEA Country Mapping of Known Context, Legislation, Reporting and Referral Pathways – Sri Lanka