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Policy and Advocacy

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.

Current Projects

Sandra Hamid, Democracy Advocate, Jakarta on Reimagining Development

On Southeast Asia, with Sandra Hamid

Australia is recognising the importance and relevance of Southeast Asia, with a DFAT Office of Southeast Asia and a standalone Southeast Asia Economic Strategy in the works.   ODA reflects this region as a priority, with an additional $470m announced in the...
Kristy Graham, Executive Officer of the Australian Sustainable Financial Institute

How to Spend It, Private Sector Style, with Kristy Graham

The private sector is increasingly becoming a player in the development space. Whether through the provision of grants or becoming directly involved in the provision of essential services or investments in sustainability, the private sector has an increasing interest...
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ACFID welcomes Australia’s $620m health package for Southeast Asia and the Pacific

The Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) applauds the Government's announcement this morning of a comprehensive package of funding for health services in the Pacific and Southeast Asia.     'Partnerships for a Healthy Region', worth $620 million,...
John Capper on Reimagining Development

Looking Across the Ditch – Reimagining Development Podcast

In so many ways, New Zealand is nimble, creative and progressive. For that reason, looking across the ditch for ideas and inspiration is of great benefit to Australia - in this case, in how to redesign a development program that is fit for purpose.   New Zealand...
Buildings collapse after the wake of an earthquake in Turkiye and Syria. Aid workers are assisting in the cleanup

Australians Urged to Donate to Australian NGOs to Help with Türkiye/Syria Relief

Australians have been donating generously to appeals by NGOs and humanitarian agencies operating to help people affected by the devastating earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria earlier this month.    So far, donations from the public to the Emergency Action Alliance (EAA)...
Maholopa Laveil FDC Fellow, Lowy Institute on Reimagining Development

Partnering in the Pacific

Papua New Guinea is one of Australia's closest neighbours, and receives one of the largest shares of our development assistance. It is a country that many Australians have had connections with over the decades - but it still feels far away in the experiences of most...
Joe Morrison, Group CEO, Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation is featured on the Reimaging Development Podcast

More than a Voice with Joe Morrison

2023 holds enormous potential when it comes to Indigenous relations in Australia. With a referendum looming, there are great hopes that the role and status of Indigenous people and knowledge will be elevated significantly. Most of the discussion is focusing on how...
the Hon Pat Conroy MP: What I'd like to see is... putting humans back at the heart of development'

The DNA of Development with Minister Pat Conroy: Episode 2 of Reimagining Development

New government, new policy directions.   Since gaining office, the Albanese Government has signalled that it’s intent on drawing a line and starting afresh. This includes the development space, with not one, but two reviews of policy currently underway, for...
A lot of people under the age of 25 have never experienced a world without the digital nature of our lives, they have grown up in an increasingly volatile period and they have distinctly different experiences from those that have come before.

Reimagining Development Podcast – Episode One Now Available

In the first episode of Reimagining Development: Conversations on the new development policy, the CEO of youth-focused NGO Oaktree, Thenu Herath, tells Jess and Rachel about why young people are special - and need to have special provisions in policy to reflect this....
Front Cover of the ACFID Development Policy Submission

ACFID’s submissions to the Australian Government’s new Development Policy

In response to the Government’s request for DFAT’s design of a new international development policy for Australia, ACFID contributed to the process with two submissions. The first contained recommendations to guide DFAT’s approach to putting development back at the...


ACFID Pre-Budget Submission 2023-24

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

Submission to Australia’s International Development Policy

ACFID Submission to the Development Finance Review

ACFID Supplementary Submission on Australia’s Engagement in Afghanistan

ACFID Pre-Budget Submission: January 2020

Policy briefs

ACFID 2022 Election Summary

Strengthening Australia’s Efforts to Address Gender Inequality – Accessible Version

Humanitarian Action for Those in Greatest Need Brief – Accessible

Elevating Development to the Heart of International Engagement – Accessible

Election Policy Brief 2022 – Humanitarian Action

Election Policy Brief 2022 – Health


Guidelines for using the ACFID Member logo

Climate Change: Questions for your Governing Body

Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Guidance Note

Mapping of the ACFID Code and DFAT Accreditation criteria

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

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


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Annual Report 2021-22

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.



Conference 2022


Acting with evidence, equity and inclusion for a resilient future.

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

Budget Analysis

Federal Budget 2022 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