AFAO is guided in its work by the Constitution under which AFAO is registered as a company limited by guarantee. Our Constitution can be found here.

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

AFAO recognises the primacy of its national members to work with and represent their communities.

AFAO will represent the interests of its members in a way that reflects a meaningful and ongoing consultative partnership.

AFAO’s Constitution sets 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 the 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 the Members who represent them; and
  • 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 contributing 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 the Members, Affiliate Members and other organisations;
  • bringing together community representatives to share, plan and respond to issues;
  • developing and implementing programs and responding to gaps;
  • promoting discussion among the Members and Affiliate Members on policy issues;
  • formulating and documenting policy positions and supporting their implementation;
  • developing tools, materials and strategic information to support community advocacy and knowledge sharing;
  • influencing the planning and reporting of research and supporting 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 supporting the Members and Affiliate Members;
  • promoting the success of AFAO and its Members and Affiliate Members and building 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, Affiliate Members and partners.

AFAO is developing a new strategic plan to progress the organisation’s work beyond the life of the Strategic Directions 2011 – 2017.