AFAO is guided in its work by its 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 by promoting, coordinating and supporting 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:

  • working together to end HIV transmission and reduce its impacts through leadership, advocacy and community-led action on health, human rights and social justice in Australia, Asia and the Pacific.

AFAO Strategic Plan 2018 – 2020