Budget highlights 2015-16

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) will receive an appropriation of $1605.2 million for the 2015-16 financial year, including $1347.8 million in operating funding, $52.2 million in capital and $205.2 million equity funding.

This includes $98.3 million to open five new overseas posts in consultation with host governments. The new posts will be established in Doha, Qatar; Makassar, Indonesia; Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; and Phuket, Thailand and Buka, Papua New Guinea. The Embassy in Washington will also be rebuilt.

DFAT has also been funded, in partnership with Austrade, to communicate the benefits of the recently concluded Free Trade Agreements between Australia and key trading partners (including China, Japan and Korea) to businesses in both Australia and target markets.

Portfolio Budget Statements

2015-16 Foreign Affairs and Trade Portfolio Budget Statements, including funding for portfolio agencies Austrade, EFIC, ACIAR, ASIS and Tourism Australia.

The 2015-16 development assistance budget

The Australian Government will provide an estimated $4 billion in total Official Development Assistance (ODA) in 2015-16. This includes $50.0 million to establish a competitive Gender Equality Fund to strengthen gender equality and women’s economic empowerment. Budget allocations reflect the different development trajectories across the region, continuing the Government’s commitment to development in the Pacific and building economic partnerships across Asia.

The tables below reflect additional information available in Aid Investment Plans (AIPs). Information contained in the recently released AIPs is reflected in the Revised Estimate for Total Australian ODA.

Additional information can be found in the 2015-16 Development Assistance Budget Summary [PDF 423kb]

Table 1: ODA allocations

DFAT country, regional and global programs Total Australian ODA by partner country and region1
2014-15 Budget Estimate ($m) 2014-15 Outcome
($m)
2015-16 Revised Budget Estimate ($m) 2014-15
Outcome
($m)
2015-16 Revised Budget Estimate
($m)
Papua New Guinea 502.1 450.6 477.3 508.9 554.5
Solomon Islands 92.7 89.9 92.7 189.5 175.9
Vanuatu 41.9 81.5 41.9 114.4 60.5
Samoa 23.6 22.6 23.6 37.6 36.8
Fiji 35.0 32.9 35.0 62.8 57.8
Tonga 17.6 16.3 17.6 30.3 30.2
Nauru 21.2 21.1 21.2 25.7 25.2
Kiribati 20.2 20.2 20.2 30.2 27.9
Tuvalu 6.8 6.6 6.6 11.2 10.2
Cook Islands 1.0 1.9 1.9 5.0 4.0
Niue & Tokelau 2.5 1.4 1.8 4.7 4.1
North Pacific 5.0 4.7 5.0 14.6 12.0
Pacific Regional 184.9 199.5 166.4 125.4 120.0
Pacific Total 954.6 949.1 911.3 1,160.3 1,119.1
Indonesia 542.5 551.9 323.0 613.8 375.7
Vietnam 97.4 116.9 58.4 163.6 89.6
Philippines 111.7 120.4 67.0 144.6 83.0
Timor-Leste 71.6 75.4 68.0 113.0 95.3
Cambodia 52.4 59.2 62.4 99.2 89.0
Myanmar 70.1 73.0 42.1 102.5 62.8
Laos 34.3 37.6 20.6 64.2 37.9
Mongolia 9.8 9.9 5.9 16.8 10.3
East Asia Regional 85.5 66.5 41.3 95.6 66.0
East Asia Total 1,075.4 1,110.8 688.6 1,413.3 909.5
Afghanistan 130.9 130.9 78.5 139.9 84.6
Pakistan 65.6 65.6 39.4 84.6 55.7
Bangladesh 70.1 72.1 42.1 99.4 59.8
Sri Lanka 33.2 32.8 19.9 42.8 28.9
Bhutan 3.5 3.1 2.1 12.8 11.2
Maldives 3.0 2.1 1.8 6.4 6.0
Nepal 15.6 27.2 15.6 57.8 31.4
Regional South Asia 32.9 24.5 19.8 31.8 32.8
South & West Asia Total 354.9 358.2 219.2 475.5 310.4
Palestinian Territories 34.2 46.2 20.5 69.3 42.8
Middle East and North Africa 2.8 35.4 0.5 49.7 47.1
Sub-Saharan Africa 106.0 105.7 31.8 268.5 95.9
Africa & the Middle East Total 143.0 187.3 52.9 387.6 185.8
Latin America & the Caribbean Total - - - 23.9 13.4
Gender Equality Fund 42.5* 30.4* 50.0    
Regional Scholarships & Education 145.5 129.4 101.8    
Health, Water & Sanitation 89.0 114.8 62.3    
Fisheries and Agriculture 14.3 12.2 8.6    
Infrastructure & Rural Development 63.9 54.4 38.4    
Governance 18.0 20.2 10.8    
Disability 12.9 11.3 12.9    
Innovation Fund 20.0 19.0 20.0    
Direct Aid Program (DAP) 22.0 21.8 22.0    
Other Cross-Regional Programs ** 21.2 48.5 27.7    
Cross Regional Programs 406.7 431.7 304.5    
DFAT ODA - Country and Regional Programs 2,977.0 3,067.6 2,226.5    
DFAT Global Programs          
Disaster Risk Reduction and Protracted Conflicts 55.4 61.5 52.7    
Australian Preparedness and Response 24.7 51.2 24.7    
Emergency Fund 120.0 - 120.0    
International Committee of the Red Cross 26.6 26.6 25.3    
UN-Humanitarian Total 111.9 111.9 106.3    

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)

9.3 9.3 8.8    

World Food Program (WFP)

50.0 50.0 47.5    

United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (UNCERF)

11.3 11.3 10.7    

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

21.0 21.0 20.0    

United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)

20.3 20.3 19.3    
Humanitarian, Emergencies and Refugees Total 338.6 251.3 328.9    
Montreal Protocol Multilateral Fund (MPMF) 12.6 13.9 -    
Global Environment Facility (GEF) 105.0 93.0
-    
Multilateral Replenishments Total2 117.6 106.9 -    
United Nations Development Fund (UNDP) 21.2 21.2 12.7    
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) 35.0 34.4 21.0    
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) 15.4 15.4 9.2    
United Nations Program on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) 7.5 7.5 4.5    
World Health Organisation (WHO) 20.6 20.6 12.4    
UN Women 8.2 8.2 7.8    
Other UN including ODA eligible assessed contributions 23.9 23.2 25.6    
Commonwealth Organisations 12.0 12.0 7.2    
Contributions to Global Health Programs3 193.0 196.2 136.6    
Contributions to Global Education Partnerships3 160.8 163.0 26.0    
Contribution to Green Climate Fund3 70.0 70.0 60.0    
UN, Commonwealth & Other International Oganisations Total 567.7 571.7 323.0    
Global NGO Programs 137.2 135.3 130.4    
Australian Volunteers Program 56.6 57.0 39.6    
Community Engagement and International Research 10.0 10.2 6.0    
NGO, Volunteer and Community Programs Total 203.9 202.4 176.0    
Less Multilateral Replenishments (117.6) (106.9) -    
Add Cash Payments to Multilaterals 363.2 357.8 456.8    
DFAT ODA - Global Programs 1,473.4 1,383.2 1,284.7    
DFAT ODA - Departmental 251.3 251.3 251.3    
Other Government Departments4 392.0 392.0 329.1    
Adjustments (61.8) (58.1) (40.0)    
Core contributions to multilateral organisations and other ODA not attributable to particular countries or regions       1,567.4 1,513.5
Total Australian ODA 5,031.9 5,027.9 4,051.7 5,027.9 4,051.7
  • * There was no Gender Equality Fund in 2014-15. These figures refer to a number of gender-related activities across the program.
  • ** Change reflects further contribution from Other Government Departments to the 2014-15 MYEFO Official Development Assistance savings that were unable to be processed at the time of the 2015-16 Budget.
  • 1 This column shows total Australian ODA from all agencies and programs attributable to partner countries and regions. This includes DFAT country program allocations, flows from DFAT regional and global programs, and expenditure by other government departments and agencies. Information contained in Aid Investment Plans is reflected in the Revised Estimates for Total Australian ODA.
  • 2 These figures reflect the value of new commitments to the multilateral development banks and other multilateral funds which will be paid over three to nine years. These commitments occur every two to three years.
  • 3Payments aligned with multi-year replenishment schedules.
  • 4The 2014-15 Outcome data for Other Government Departments is currently being finalised.

Aid programs delivered by other government departments

Australia applies a whole-of-government approach to aid delivery. This means that we utilise the individual skills, strengths and expertise of Other Government Departments (OGDs) - including Commonwealth, State and Territory government departments and agencies to deliver effective aid. The table below shows the estimated ODA-eligible expenditure by OGDs in 2015-16:

Department/Agency 2014-15 Budget Estimate ($m) 2015-16 Budget Estimate ($m)
Total 392.0 329.1
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) 0.1 0.0
ACIAR 96.1 91.3
Agriculture 4.0 3.8
Attorney Generals 5.4 5.0
Immigration and Border Protection 63.3 7.5
Australian Federal Police (AFP) 104.5 120.0
Australian Taxation Office (ATO) 0.2 0.0
Australian Institute of Marine Science 0.2 0.0
Australian Prudential Regulation Authority 0.2 0.0
Communications 1.5 0.9
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) 0.6 0.0
Education 27.7 27.7
Employment 7.5 7.5
Environment 0.6 0.5
Finance 3.3 0.5
Health 9.5 7.2
Infrastructure 1.0 0.6
Treasury 63.7 56.2
States and Territories 2.2 0.4

Last Updated: 12 May 2015