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acfid memberThe Australian Council for International Development (ACFID)

The Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) is the peak Council for Australian not-for-profit aid and development organisations. Disaster Relief Australia is a signatory to the ACFID Code of Conduct, which is a voluntary, self-regulatory sector code of good practice. As a signatory we are committed and fully adhere to the ACFID Code of Conduct, conducting our work with transparency, accountability and integrity. Information about how to make a complaint can be found at www.acfid.asn.au

What is ACFID?

The Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) is the peak body for the not-for-profit aid and development sector in Australia.  ACFID has a Code of Conduct (the Code), which is a voluntary, self-regulatory sector code of good practice.  The Code serves to improve international development and humanitarian action outcomes and increase stakeholder trust by enhancing the transparency, accountability and effectiveness of ACFID’s members. 

DRA submitted the application for ACFID membership on 30 April 2020 and following a thorough accreditation process, I am pleased to be able to announce that DRA’s application was successful and we have now been admitted as a full member (ratified by ACFID Council on 19 November 2020).  As a full member, DRA is now a signatory to the Code which means that we are committed to full adherence of the principles and obligations of the Code.   With this, comes the responsibility to undertake annual compliance reporting in order to maintain our full member status with ACFID.

Membership to ACFID is a visible stamp of quality and assurance to stakeholders that DRA will adhere to high standards.  As a member of ACFID, we will benefit from shared learning with like-minded organisations and have access to training and resources that will help build our individual and organisational capability to enhance good practices in line with the Code.  This will enable our organisation to be engaged in and informed by dialogue on emerging issues that affect our sector and have the opportunity to contribute to and influence decisions affecting our work and credibility.   For DRA, gaining membership to ACFID has the potential to increase our exposure within the sector, provide additional funding opportunities and in particular it represents the first step in being able to engage the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).