Budget highlights 2016-17

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The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) will receive an appropriation of $6.7 billion for the 2016-17 financial year, including $5.2 billion in administered funding, and $1.5 billion in departmental funding.

Passport fees will increase from 1 January 2017. New notarial fees will come into effect from January 2017, subject to regulatory timeframes.

The 2016-17 Official Development Assistance Budget

The Australian Government will provide an estimated $3.8 billion in total Official Development Assistance (ODA) in 2016-17. This is approximately the 12th highest ODA amongst the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) donors. The aid program will continue to focus on the Indo-Pacific, with more than 90 per cent of country-attributable ODA delivered in the region.

The Budget demonstrates Australia’s ongoing commitment to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts, with $130 million in 2016-17 for the Emergency Fund, to enable timely and effective responses to disasters and other humanitarian crises. Up to $220 million over three years will be provided to address the humanitarian and longer-term resilience needs in Syria and neighbouring countries hosting large numbers of refugees. Australia will increase support for innovation, with $50 million provided to the innovationXchange to look for smart, new approaches to today’s development challenges. Gender equality and women’s empowerment continue to be a central pillar of the aid program, with $55 million provided to the Gender Equality Fund in 2016-17.

Additional information can be found in the 2016-17 Australian Aid Budget Summary [PDF 4.19 MB] | [Word 2.28 MB]

Table 1: DFAT Country, Regional and Global Program allocations

Program 2015-16 Revised Budget Estimate
($m)
2016-17 Budget Estimate
($m)
Papua New Guinea1 477.3 477.3
Solomon Islands 92.7 92.7
Vanuatu 41.9 41.9
Fiji2 35.0 51.0
Samoa 23.6 23.6
Nauru 21.2 21.2
Kiribati 20.2 20.2
Tonga 17.6 17.6
Tuvalu 6.6 6.6
Cook Islands 1.9 1.9
Niue and Tokelau 1.8 1.8
North Pacific 5.0 5.0
Pacific Regional 166.4 149.8
Pacific Total 911.3 910.6
Indonesia3 311.6 296.0
Timor-Leste 68.0 68.0
Philippines 67.0 67.0
Cambodia 62.4 62.4
Vietnam 58.4 58.4
Myanmar 42.1 42.1
Laos 20.6 20.6
Mongolia 5.9 5.9
East Asia Regional 41.3 37.2
South-East and East Asia Total 677.2 657.5
Afghanistan 78.5 78.5
Bangladesh 42.1 42.1
Pakistan 39.4 39.4
Sri Lanka 19.9 19.9
Nepal 15.6 15.6
Bhutan 2.1 2.1
Maldives 1.8 1.8
South and West Asia Regional 19.8 17.8
South and West Asia Total 219.2 217.2
Palestinian Territories 20.5 20.5
Middle East and North Africa4 0.5 0.0
Sub-Saharan Africa 31.8 31.8
Africa and the Middle East Total 52.9 52.3
Gender Equality Fund 50.0 55.0
Regional Scholarships and Education 101.8 101.8
Health, Water and Sanitation 62.3 62.3
Infrastructure and Rural Development 38.4 40.1
Governance 10.8 10.5
Fisheries and Agriculture 8.6 9.3
Innovation Fund 20.0 50.0
Disability 12.9 12.9
Direct Aid Program 22.0 22.0
Other Cross Regional Programs 27.7 22.7
Cross Regional Programs Total 304.5 331.6
DFAT ODA – Country and Regional Programs 2,215.1 2,224.3
Disaster Risk Reduction and Protracted Crises 52.7 52.7
Australian Preparedness and Response 24.7 24.7
Emergency Fund 120.0 130.0
Global Humanitarian Partnerships 131.6 132.3
Humanitarian, Emergencies and Refugees Total 328.9 339.7
United Nations Development Fund (UNDP) 12.7 12.7
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) 21.0 21.0
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) 9.2 9.2
United Nations Program on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) 4.5 4.5
World Health Organisation (WHO) 12.4 12.4
UN Women 7.8 7.8
Commonwealth Organisations 7.2 7.2
Contributions to Global Health Programs5 136.6 56.1
Contributions to Global Education Partnerships5 26.0 10.0
Contribution to Green Climate Fund5 60.0 20.0
Other ODA eligible contributions6 37.0 37.8
UN, Commonwealth and Other International Organisations Total 334.4 198.7
Global NGO Programs 130.4 130.4
Australian Volunteers Program 39.6 39.6
Community Engagement and International Research 6.0 8.4
NGO, Volunteer and Community Programs Total 176.0 178.4
Add Cash Payments to Multilaterals 456.8 401.4
DFAT ODA – Global Programs 1,296.1 1,118.2
DFAT ODA - Departmental 251.3 242.9
Other Government Departments 329.1 300.0
Adjustments -40.0 -57.5
Total Australian ODA 4,051.7 3,827.8

1. In 2015-16 and 2016-17, PNG’s allocation includes funding for the Joint Understanding of $49.4m per annum.

2. Subsequent to the 2015-16 Revised Estimate of $35m, $19m was provided for the Tropical Cyclone Winston response. In 2016-17, the allocation includes $35m for the bilateral program and $16m for Tropical Cyclone Winston.

3. The Indonesia Debt to Health Swap has been moved to ‘Other ODA eligible contributions’ given links to Global Health Funds, it remains reflected in total Australian ODA flows to Indonesia.

4. Egypt Debt Relief concluded in 2015-16.

5. Payments aligned with multi-year replenishment schedule; there has been no reduction to Australian commitments.

6. This includes funding for the Indonesia Debt to Health Swap and ODA eligible portions of contributions to the United Nations and other international organisations.

Table 2: Total Australian ODA by country and region*

Program 2015-16 Revised Budget Estimate
($m)
2016-17 Budget Estimate
($m)
Papua New Guinea 554.5 558.3
Solomon Islands 175.9 162.0
Vanuatu 60.5 62.5
Fiji 57.8 76.9
Samoa 36.8 37.8
Nauru 25.2 25.5
Kiribati 27.9 28.7
Tonga 30.2 29.6
Tuvalu 10.2 9.2
Cook Islands 4.0 3.4
Niue and Tokelau 4.1 3.1
North Pacific 12.0 9.8
Pacific Regional 120.0 131.6
Pacific Total 1,119.1 1,138.4
Indonesia 375.7 365.7
Timor-Leste 95.3 93.7
Philippines 83.0 81.9
Cambodia 89.0 90.0
Vietnam 89.6 83.6
Myanmar 62.8 59.8
Laos 37.9 40.7
Mongolia 10.3 10.0
East Asia Regional 66.0 62.3
South-East and East Asia Total 909.5 887.7
Afghanistan 84.6 82.7
Bangladesh 59.8 56.1
Pakistan 55.7 47.0
Sri Lanka 28.9 27.5
Nepal 31.4 34.0
Bhutan 11.2 7.3
Maldives 6.0 5.3
South and West Asia Regional 32.8 23.0
South and West Asia Total 310.4 282.8
Palestinian Territories 42.8 43.6
Middle East and North Africa 47.1 51.8
Sub-Saharan Africa 95.9 89.5
Africa and the Middle East Total 185.8 184.9
Latin America and the Caribbean Total 13.4 11.0
Core contributions to multilateral organisations and ODA not attributable to particular countries or regions 1,513.5 1,322.9
Total Australian ODA 4,051.7 3,827.8

* 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. Funding allocated to the Gender Equality Fund and humanitarian Emergency Fund at Budget is distributed to appropriate country and regional programs to reflect actual and planned expenditure.



Last Updated: 2 May 2016