AFAO is guided in its work by the Rules under which AFAO is registered. Our Rules can be found here.

AFAO’s objectives and strengths are derived from its members and their communities and, accordingly, AFAO provides leadership, is guided by, promotes, coordinates and supports the shared goals of its members and the communities they represent in all of its endeavours.

AFAO’s rules set out the objectives for our work, which are to:

  • end the transmission of HIV
  • maximise the health and wellbeing of AFAO’s communities
  • oppose discrimination and violence and reduce stigma associated with HIV
  • foster and advocate for strengthened community responses to HIV in Australia, Asia and the Pacific
  • contribute to the global effort to end HIV and AIDS and respond to issues affecting AFAO’s members and communities abroad
  • recognise and respond to issues that intersect with HIV and that hinder the achievement of these objects, including sexually transmissible infections, drug and alcohol issues, viral hepatitis, and mental health
  • promote sexual health and the enjoyment of sexual and reproductive health rights for all regardless of HIV status
  • adopt a social view of health that recognises the social, economic and structural determinants of good health and that responds to these directly and through the promotion of human rights, social justice and equity of access
  • advocate for, be informed by and remain embedded within communities living with and affected by HIV and AFAO’s members who represent them
  • encourage, facilitate and maximise the participation of people with HIV in all activities of AFAO, whether as office bearers, delegates, representatives, employees, or in any other capacity

We do this by:

  • leading national conversations on these issues and contribute to regional and global dialogue
  • building political support through non-partisan engagement
  • educating decision-makers and the public
  • supporting community engagement and participation in national, regional and international advocacy with decision-makers and stakeholders
  • providing a public voice for these issues in the media and community
  • coordinating issues and responses across AFAO’s members and other organisations
  • bringing together community representatives to share, plan and respond to issues
  • developing and implement programs and respond to gaps
  • promoting discussion among AFAO members on policy issues
  • formulating and documenting policy positions and support their implementation
  • developing tools, materials and strategic information to support community advocacy and knowledge sharing
  • influencing the planning and reporting of research and support its translation
  • strengthening the enabling environment including through systemic advocacy for the elimination of laws that impede the response and the promotion of enablers
  • developing workforce capability and sector capacity and support AFAO members
  • promoting the success of AFAO and its members and build awareness of successful community-based responses in Australia, regionally and internationally
  • fostering financial security and sustainability in the community-based responses of AFAO and its members and partners and
  • doing all such other things that will assist in attaining the objects set out above.

Following consultation with AFAO member organisations as well as staff and stakeholders, AFAO’s strategic plan, Strategic Directions 2011 – 2017, was developed.

We invite you to download the full document here.