Budget highlights 2018-19

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The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) will receive an appropriation of $5.3 billion for the 2018-19 financial year, including $3.8 billion in administered funding, and $1.5 billion in departmental funding.

The 2018-19 Budget supports the Government's commitment in the Foreign Policy White Paper to open more overseas missions over the next ten years, providing $19.2 million to open a new Consulate-General in Kolkata, India and a new High Commission in Funafuti, Tuvalu. The department will also receive $15.0 million to help deliver more global opportunities for Australian businesses, and $50.3 million over four years to support the Dutch prosecution of those responsible for the downing of MH17, and to assist next-of-kin to participate in the court proceedings. We will also strengthen relationships with our Pacific partners and work together to support the region's stability, security and prosperity. The region will benefit from $1.3 billion in aid in 2018-19 - our highest ever contribution.

The 2018-19 Official Development Assistance Budget

The Australian Government will provide an estimated $4.2 billion in total Official Development Assistance (ODA) in 2018-19. This makes Australia approximately the 12th highest donor amongst the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The aid program highlights Australia's ongoing commitment to the Indo-Pacific region in line with the priorities highlighted in the Foreign Policy White Paper released in November 2017.

Additional information can be found in the 2018-19 Australian Aid Budget Summary [PDF 15.4 MB].

Australian Aid Budget Summary 2018-19

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

Program 2017-18
Budget Estimate
$m
2018-19
Budget Estimate
$m
Pacific 912.3 1,047.0
Papua New Guinea 472.9 519.5
Solomon Islands 92.7 146.1
Vanuatu 41.9 41.9
Fiji 40.4 35.0
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 166.4 206.6
South East and East Asia 661.5 636.7
Indonesia 296.0 266.4
Timor-Leste 68.0 73.0
Philippines 67.0 67.0
Cambodia 62.4 56.1
Vietnam 58.4 58.4
Myanmar 42.1 42.1
Laos 20.6 20.6
Mongolia 5.9 5.9
ASEAN and Mekong 32.6 32.6
South East and East Asia Regional 8.6 14.6
South and West Asia 220.7 220.7
Afghanistan  80.0 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 19.8 19.8
Africa and the Middle East 52.3 52.3
Sub-Saharan Africa 31.8 31.8
The Middle East and North Africa 20.5 20.5
Indo-Pacific Sectoral Programs 411.4 434.5
Other Sectoral Programs 82.8 143.6
Health, Water and Sanitation 132.3 108.1
Regional Scholarships and Education 101.8 101.8
Infrastructure and Rural Development 44.5 46.0
Innovation Fund 50.0 35.0
Gender Equality Fund 55.0 55.0
DFAT ODA - Country and Regional Programs 2,313.3 2,446.2
Cash Payments to Multilaterals 390.6 358.6
IDA International Development Association 166.3 182.7
ADF Asian Development Fund 166.5 134.7
GEF Global Environment Facility 19.6 17.3
HIPC Heavily Indebted Poor Countries 16.0 16.0
MPMF Montreal Protocol Multilateral Fund 4.2 7.8
Other ODA eligible contributions 18.0  
Humanitarian, Emergencies and Refugees 399.7 409.7
Emergency Fund 150.0 150.0
Global Humanitarian Partnerships 132.3 133.5
Protracted Crises and Strengthening Humanitarian Action 78.4 87.2
Disaster Risk Reduction, Preparedness and Response 39.0 39.0
NGO, Volunteer and Community Programs 183.4 186.6
Global NGO Programs 132.4 135.6
Australian Volunteers Program 42.6 42.6
Community Engagement and International Research 8.4 8.4
UN, Commonwealth and Other International Organisations 207.2 219.9
Contribution to Global Health Programs 64.5 65.0
Other ODA eligible contributions 32.9 44.9
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) 21.0 21.0
Contribution to Green Climate Fund 20.0 19.2
Contribution to Global Education Partnerships 15.0 16.0
United Nations Development Fund (UNDP) 12.7 12.7
World Health Organization (WHO) 12.4 12.4
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) 9.2 9.2
UN Women 7.8 7.8
Commonwealth Organisations 7.2 7.2
United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) 4.5 4.5
DFAT ODA - Global Programs 1,180.8 1,174.7
Other Government Departments 236.8 204.0
Other Government Departments - AIIB   161.1
DFAT ODA - Departmental 248.9 255.2
  Adjustments -67.5 -80.1
Total Australian ODA 3,912.4 4,161.1

Table 2: Total Australian ODA by country and region of benefit

Country and Region* 2017-18
Budget Estimate
$m
2018-19
Budget Estimate
$m
Papua New Guinea 546.3 572.2
Solomon Islands 142.2 187.0
Vanuatu 69.8 62.3
Fiji 65.6 58.1
Samoa 37.2 35.5
Tonga 30.4 27.9
Kiribati 30.9 29.4
Nauru 25.4 25.9
Tuvalu 8.7 9.7
Cook Islands 3.2 3.4
Niue and Tokelau 2.9 2.9
North Pacific 8.0 7.9
Pacific Regional 127.3 261.3
Pacific Total 1,097.8 1,283.6
Indonesia 356.9 316.2
Timor-Leste 96.1 91.8
Cambodia 87.4 83.6
Vietnam 84.2 84.2
Philippines 85.0 85.4
Myanmar 66.4 76.9
Laos 42.3 41.3
Mongolia 10.9 9.6
South East and East Asia Regional 53.8 238.3
South-East and East Asia Total 883.0 1,027.2
Afghanistan 80.9 80.2
Bangladesh 57.9 59.8
Pakistan 47.1 49.2
Nepal 31.9 30.6
Sri Lanka 27.7 28.6
Bhutan 9.2 7.0
Maldives 3.8 2.6
South and West Asia Regional 25.4 26.9
South and West Asia Total 283.9 284.8
Middle East and North Africa 145.4 137.4
Sub-Saharan Africa 108.2 121.1
Africa and the Middle East Total 253.6 258.5
Latin America and the Caribbean Total 5.9 5.9
Core contributions to multilateral organisations and other ODA not attributable to particular countries or regions 1,388.1 1,301.2
Total Australian ODA 3,912.4 4,161.1

* 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 Aid delivered directly from Budget Measures
$m
Aid delivered in partnership with DFAT
$m
Total
$m
Agriculture and Water Resources 6.4 0.5 6.9
Attorney General's Department 1.7 7.1 8.9
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research 107.1 15.3 122.4
Australian Federal Police 38.6 6.5 45.1
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation - 3.3 3.3
Communications and the Arts 1.0 0.8 1.8
Department of Home Affairs 3.1 0.4 3.5
Environment and Energy 1.0 0.6 1.6
Finance 0.4 0.7 1.1
Health 11.0 0.3 11.3
Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities - 1.8 1.8
Jobs and small Business 8.5 4.8 13.3
Prime Minister and Cabinet - 0.6 0.6
Treasury Portfolio 185.9 0.1 186.0
Other Government Departments (Australian) 0.1 1.5 1.6
States and Territories  0.3 1.5 1.8
Total ODA delivered by Other Government Departments* 365.1 45.8 410.9
Last Updated: 8 May 2018