In April 2008 he was selected as a participant in the Towards a creative Australia strand of the Australia 2020 Summit. Armfield announced in 2009 that the 2010 season would be his last as Belvoir Artistic Director, but he has subsequently directed under the new Artistic Director Ralph Myers.
His homosexuality has informed much of his work.
Officer of the Order of Australia for ...service to the arts, nationally and internationally, as a director of theatre, opera and film, and as a promoter of innovative Australian productions including Australian Indigenous drama. (January 2007) 
Honorary Doctor of Literature at the University of Sydney (April 2006)
Sydney Theatre Critics Circle Award for Best Director and Best Production
1989, Major Award for Significant Contribution to Sydney Theatre