Accreditation for Australian NGOs

Accreditation of Australian NGOs is a front-end and rigorous risk-management process which is also a robust due diligence process for DFAT. To receive funding under the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP), Australian NGOs must be accredited by DFAT. To gain accreditation, NGOs are required to undergo a thorough and independent assessment of their organisational structure, systems, policies and philosophies against an agreed set of criteria. NGOs must demonstrate capacity and performance against a range of indicators and may seek accreditation at either Base or Full level.

Accreditation is also a capacity building tool which enables Australian NGOs to reflect on and improve their own performance.

NGOs are strongly encouraged to review the NGO Accreditation Guidance Manual (2016) prior to submitting an application for accreditation.


An organisation that wishes to apply for accreditation must meet the following eligibility requirements:


  • Australian NGOs applying for accreditation for the first time, or ANCP NGOs seeking to upgrade their accreditation status from Base to Full (outside of their re-accreditation timeframe), can submit applications online anytime during an annual three month window. Applications will be assessed in the order that they are received.  
  • DFAT is currently undertaking a review of the ANCP Accreditation criteria. The review will examine the ANCP Accreditation criteria and processes to ensure that it meets DFAT’s current and anticipated risk parameters and the requirements included in DFAT’s Due Diligence Framework. It will also assess whether the accreditation function of the ANCP still meets the needs of the NGO community, and will look at streamlining the processes to reduce the administrative burden on NGOs and DFAT, where possible.  The updated criteria is due to be released in April/May 2018. New and upgrading Australian NGOs should refer to this website for details on application opening dates, published in the coming months.
  •  Access to funding under the ANCP for new accredited Australian NGOs, or ANCP NGOs that are eligible to receive an upgrade in their accreditation status from Base to Full, is subject to annual budgetary funding availability; and

Frequently asked questions, complaints handling and policies concerning accreditation application processing can be found in relevant chapters in the NGO Accreditation Guidance Manual (2016).

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Last Updated: 22 January 2018