Budget highlights 2017-18

Foreign Affairs and Trade Budget Highlights infographic. $399.7 million for humanitarian and protracted crises to provide rapid life saving assistance to those in need. $231.2 million on overseas representation to continue Australia's diplomatic presence in Iraq and Afghanistan to combat terrorism and promote stability and development. $100.0 million over three years for humanitarian assistance to Iraq to support the humanitarian needs of the people of Iraq and to stabilise those areas newly liberated from ISIS. $80 million per annum until 2020 in Official Development Assistance to Afghanistan to support Afghanistan's transition to stability and self-reliance. $5.0 million for Queensland tourism to help the industry bounce back from Cyclone Debbie. DFAT to manage all Australian Government property overseas, saving money and reducing red tape.

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The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) will receive an appropriation of $5.1 billion for the 2017-18 financial year, including $3.7 billion in administered funding, and $1.5 billion in departmental funding.

The department will receive $231.2 million over two years to continue our diplomatic presence in Kabul and Baghdad. These embassies play a critical role in supporting our efforts to combat ISIS and to delivering our development and humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan and Iraq. Following a whole-of-government review of overseas allowances, key components of overseas allowances will be standardised for all government agencies that have employees posted overseas.

The 2017-18 Official Development Assistance Budget

The Australian Government will provide an estimated $3.9 billion in total Official Development Assistance (ODA) in 2017-18. This makes Australia approximately the 13th highest donor amongst the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Australia is maintaining its strong commitment to the Indo-Pacific region with over 90 per cent of Australia’s bilateral and regional aid delivered to this region.

Additional information can be found in the 2017-18 Australian Aid Budget Summary [PDF 13.7 MB].

Australian Aid Budget Summary 2017-18

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Table 1: Australian ODA allocations by country, regional and global programs

Program 2016-17
Budget Estimate
$m
2017-18
Budget Estimate
$m
Papua New Guinea1 477.3 472.9
Solomon Islands 92.7 92.7
Vanuatu 41.9 41.9
Fiji2 51.0 40.4
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 149.8 166.4
Pacific Total 910.6 912.3
Indonesia 296.0 296.0
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
ASEAN and Mekong 29.6 32.6
South East and East Asia Regional 7.6 8.6
South East and East Asia Total 657.5 661.5
Afghanistan  78.5 80.0
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 17.8 19.8
South and West Asia Total 217.2 220.7
Palestinian Territories 20.5 20.5
Sub-Saharan Africa 31.8 31.8
Africa and the Middle East Total 52.3 52.3
Gender Equality Fund 55.0 55.0
Regional Scholarships and Education 101.8 101.8
Health, Water and Sanitation 62.3 62.3
Infrastructure and Rural Development 40.1 44.5
Governance 10.5 13.8
Fisheries and Agriculture 9.3 9.3
Innovation Fund 50.0 50.0
Disability 12.9 12.9
Direct Aid Program (DAP) 22.0 22.0
Other Cross Regional Programs 22.7 24.9
Cross Regional Programs Total 331.6 341.4
DFAT ODA - Country and Regional Programs 2,224.3 2,242.7
Disaster Risk Reduction, Preparedness and Response 39.0 39.0
Protracted Crises and Strengthening Humanitarian Action 38.4 78.4
Emergency Fund 130.0 150.0
Global Humanitarian Partnerships 132.3 132.3
Humanitarian, Emergencies and Refugees Total 339.7 399.7
United Nations Development Programme (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 Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) 4.5 4.5
World Health Organization (WHO) 12.4 12.4
UN Women 7.8 7.8
Commonwealth Organisations 7.2 7.2
Contribution to Global Health Programs3 56.1 134.5
Contribution to Global Education Partnerships3 10.0 15.0
Contribution to Green Climate Fund3 20.0 20.0
Other ODA eligible contributions4 37.8 32.9
UN, Commonwealth and Other International Organisations Total 218.7 277.2
Global NGO Programs 130.4 132.4
Australian Volunteers Program 39.6 42.6
Community Engagement and International Research 8.4 8.4
NGO, Volunteer and Community Programs Total 178.4 183.4
  Cash payments to Multilaterals 401.4 390.6
DFAT ODA - Global Programs 1,118.2 1,251.5
DFAT ODA - Departmental 242.9 248.9
Other Government Departments 300.0 236.8
  Adjustments -57.5 -67.5
Total Australian ODA 3,827.8 3,912.4

1 PNG's allocation includes funding for the Joint Understanding of $49.4m in 2016-17, and $45.0m in 2017-18. The bilateral allocation is $427.9m in both years.

2 Fiji's allocation in 2016-17 includes an additional $16.0m for Tropical Cyclone Winston. $5.4m of this funding was carried forward to 2017-18. Fiji's bilateral allocation is $35.0m in both years.

3 Payments aligned with multi-year replenishment schedule.

4 Includes ODA eligible portions of contributions to the United Nations and other international organisations.

Table 2: Australian ODA by country and region of benefit

Country and Region* 2016-17
Budget Estimate
$m
2017-18
Budget Estimate
$m
Papua New Guinea 558.3 546.3
Solomon Islands 162.0 142.2
Vanuatu 62.5 69.8
Fiji 76.9 65.6
Samoa 37.8 37.2
Tonga 29.6 30.4
Kiribati 28.7 30.9
Nauru 25.5 25.4
Tuvalu 9.2 8.7
Cook Islands 3.4 3.2
Niue and Tokelau 3.1 2.9
North Pacific 9.8 8.0
Pacific Regional 131.6 127.3
Pacific Total 1,138.4 1,097.8
Indonesia 365.7 356.9
Timor-Leste 93.7 96.1
Cambodia 90.0 87.4
Vietnam 83.6 84.2
Philippines 81.9 85.0
Myanmar 59.8 66.4
Laos 40.7 42.3
Mongolia 10.0 10.9
South East and East Asia Regional 62.3 53.8
South-East and East Asia Total 887.7 883.0
Afghanistan 82.7 80.9
Bangladesh 56.1 57.9
Pakistan 47.0 47.1
Nepal 34.0 31.9
Sri Lanka 27.5 27.7
Bhutan 7.3 9.2
Maldives 5.3 3.8
South and West Asia Regional 23.0 25.4
South and West Asia Total 282.8 283.9
Palestinian Territories 43.6 43.8
Middle East and North Africa 51.8 101.6
Sub-Saharan Africa 89.5 108.2
Africa and the Middle East Total 184.9 253.6
Latin America and the Caribbean Total 11.0 5.9
Core contributions to multilateral organisations and other ODA not attributable to particular countries or regions 1,322.9 1,388.1
Total Australian ODA 3,827.8 3,912.4

* This table 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.

Table 3: ODA delivered by Other Government Departments

Department/Agency 2017-18
Budget Estimate
$m
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research 106.2
Agriculture 6.5
Attorney General's 1.6
Immigration and Border Protection 0.9
Australian Federal Police 74.2
Communications 1.0
Employment 9.0
Environment 0.8
Finance 0.6
Health 10.5
Reserve Bank of Australia 0.1
Treasury 24.4
States and Territories 1.1
Total 236.8
Last Updated: 8 May 2017