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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.

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.

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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.

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Walking the talk on inclusive 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

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 News 5 Media Releases 5 Statement: Foreign Minister’s reference to a ceasefire in Gaza welcomed

Statement: Foreign Minister’s reference to a ceasefire in Gaza welcomed

Nov 13, 2023 | Media Releases

The Australian aid and humanitarian sector welcomes Foreign Minister Penny Wong’s statements over the weekend regarding the Israel-Palestine war, in which she raised a ceasefire for the first time. 

Senator Wong told ABC Insiders that: “We all want to take the next steps towards a ceasefire, but it cannot be one-sided. Hamas still holds hostages. Hamas is still attacking Israel.” 

The Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) recognises this comment as the first time the Australian Government has indicated support for a ceasefire in hostilities. Senator Wong’s comments indicate that the Government recognises the depth of civilian suffering unleashed by this conflict, and that Australia has a role to play. 

A ceasefire means that military activity by all parties to the conflict in Gaza must end. 

“A ceasefire is about prioritising the needs and rights of civilians,” said Marc Purcell, ACFID’s CEO. 

“Calling for a ceasefire is not a radical position, as some claim it to be. In fact, it’s the bare minimum. Almost half of the Palestinian death toll is made up of children,” he said. 

“A child is dying every ten minutes in the hostilities in Gaza, according to the World Health Organization. This mortality rate of children is intolerable. The children need and deserve peace.” 

The aid and development sector would like to see Australia now use its voice and reputation as a middle power to advocate to other nations to add their voices to a call for a ceasefire between the warring parties. 

“A ceasefire would allow negotiations on the hostages to resume, humanitarian assistance to reach those in dire need, and the terrible civilian death toll to stop climbing. We owe it to the children to stop the fighting,” said Mr Purcell.  

The position of international humanitarian agencies is that International Humanitarian Law is meant to protect life, and state parties are obligated to do everything to uphold the protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure.

IHL explicitly forbids the targeting of hospitals and medical personnel, as per the Geneva Convention.

ACFID has unequivocally condemned Hamas attacks on Israeli civilians on October 7 as abhorrent, and continues calls for Australia and other like-minded nations to pursue every avenue in negotiations to release all hostages.  

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