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About Non-Government Organisations

Australian NGOs bring particular strengths to the Australian aid program. They mobilise public support and voluntary contributions for aid; they often have strong links with community groups in developing countries and they often work in areas where government-to-government aid is not possible.

Many also have particular expertise in providing assistance to meet people’s basic needs, particularly in emergency situations where quick and flexible responses are required.

Global Development Group has been an approved organization of the OAGDS (Overseas Aid Gift Deduction Scheme) since 10 March, 2004. From this date donations over $2 to the ‘Global Development Group Overseas Relief Fund’ were declared ‘tax deductible’. Global Development Group is able to work in areas of specialist relief and humanitarian aid not covered by some of the larger NGO’s.

Global Development Group State Fundraising Registrations

Global Development Group is a registered charity in the following Australian States [QLD, NSW, VIC, WA, SA, TAS – not required for NT and has not been needed yet for the ACT].

  • QLD Registered Charity No. CH1385
  • NSW Charitable Fundraising Registration No. 18581
  • VIC Fundraising Registration No. FR-000014733
  • WA Charitable Collections Licence No. [CC] 20898
  • TAS Approval to Solicit for Charitable Donations No. FIA -275
  • SA Collections for Charitable Purposes Sections 6 Licence No. CCP3412

Annual Report

On request, Global Development Group will gladly mail you the latest Annual Report, free of charge. Simply provide your name and postal details via our contact us page on the website, or download a simplified version here.


ACFID (Australian Council for International Development) is an independent national association of Australian non-government organisations (NGOs) working in the field of international aid and development. ACFID has over 130 full members. It administers a Code of Conduct committing members to high standards of integrity and accountability.


ACFID is committed to achieving sustainable human development in which people are able to enjoy a full range of human rights, fulfill their needs free from poverty, and live in dignity.


Global Development Group is a member of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) and a signatory to the ACFID Code of Conduct. The ACFID Code of Conduct is a voluntary, self-regulatory sector code of good practice that aims to improve international development outcomes and increase stakeholder trust by enhancing the transparency and accountability of signatory organisations.  The Code sets good standards for program effectiveness, fundraising, governance and financial reporting.

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OAGDS entities are uniquely qualified to send tax-deductible funds to overseas aid and development projects.

Global Development Group Overseas Relief Fund is a DGR [Deductible Gift Recipient], which means it can issue tax deductible receipts for donations freely given to its approved aid and development projects.

As an Item 1 DGR, Global Development Group has an approved Overseas Aid and Development Fund, with the Australian Government’s Overseas Aid Gift Deduction Scheme [OAGDS], and has been granted 9.1.1 classification from the Australian Taxation Office [ATO]

Global Development Group is authorised to send Australian Tax Deductible funds overseas for approved aid and development projects.


The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT) role is to advance the national interests of Australia and Australians internationally. This involves working to strengthen Australia’s security and enhance Australia’s prosperity by providing foreign, trade and development policy advice to the government.

As of the 1st November 2013, the responsibility for Australia’s aid program was transferred to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Other government departments and agencies, such as the Australian Federal Police, help deliver the aid program.

The program is improving the lives of millions of people in developing countries. Australia works with the governments of neighboring countries to help them improve the way they deliver economic and community services.

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The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission was introduced in 2013. Global Development Group is committed to the highest standards of governance and reporting that are required under the ACNC regulations.

Global Development is registered under sub-types 1, 4 and 6 of the table in s.25-5 of the ACNC Act being – a charity with a purpose that is the relief of poverty, sickness, or the needs of the aged; a charity with a purpose that is beneficial to the community and a charity that is a public benevolent institution. As a large Charity, Global Development Group must supply full financials to ACNC.acnc-registered-charity-logo_rgb

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