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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

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Meet our Members

The ACFID membership is comprised of Australian NGOs that actively work in the international aid and development sector.

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Joining ACFID means joining an experienced and powerful mix of like-minded organisations committed to good international development practice.

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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.

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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.

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Elevating Development

Elevating Development to the Heart of Australia’s International Engagement.


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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

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Good Practice Toolkit

Overview and practical resources, and examples to support the implementation of the Code.

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Other Standards

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

Jun 5, 2023 | ACFID News, Government News, Media Releases


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 northeast Syria, have been seeking repatriation to Australia. 

Save the Children Australia is the litigation guardian in the case, which formally requests the Australian Government to repatriate the Australian citizens immediately. 

Said Marc Purcell, CEO of ACFID: 

“We call on the government to do the decent thing and repatriate the children immediately. The government’s foot-dragging has gone on long enough. The intervention in the court comes after repeated requests over many months, even years, for repatriation. 

“We hear a lot from the Australian Government about upholding the rules-based international order on the global stage; but until these Australian citizens are given their birth right to citizenship and to come here, it undermines the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the very international rules and norms it claims to support.” 

The children have been living in uncertain and dangerous conditions for many years, and many are showing signs of deteriorating mental and physical health. The are the wives, widows and children of former Islamic State fighters who have died or are jailed. 

While the Australian government has conducted two earlier repatriations – of eight children in 2019, and 13 children and four women last October – it has yet to address the needs of the final group. 

“Children should never be punished for the actions of their parents,” said Mr Purcell. 

“We note the absence in the recent Federal Budget of any resourcing from the Government to support the reintegration of the children into normal life. We call on the Government to urgently fund the relevant agencies so they can support the children’s reintegration.” 

Save the Children Australia is a member of ACFID, and said this legal action is being pursued as a last resort, after other efforts to convince the Government to act have failed. 

“Australia’s unwillingness to bring the remaining children home is a source of international shame,” said Mat Tinkler, CEO of Save the Children Australia. 

A UN expert panel has repeatedly told Australia it has deep concerns about the deteriorating security and humanitarian conditions of detention in the camps. 

A number of other countries have already safely repatriated dozens of children and their mothers from the camps, including the United States, Germany, France and Sweden. 


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