Introduction to the summary
This report, 'Australian Engagement with Developing Countries Part 2: Official Sector Statistical Summary, 2014-15', presents statistical details of Australia's development cooperation with partner countries, multilateral and bilateral development agencies, civil society organisations and the private sector. It provides a range of information at the aggregate level on where Australia's aid program was delivered, the type of aid delivered and Australia's engagement with developing countries.
This report complements other reporting of the Australian aid program.
Users may wish to refer to the following publications which can be downloaded from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website:
Changes in this issue
In line with the Foreign Minister's speech at the Lowy Institute in June 2015 the statistical summary has been expanded to include all official assistance provided by Australia to developing countries. Data are now presented for official Development Assistance (ODA) and Other Official Flows (OOF). The inclusion of OOF complements ODA reporting.
The expanded reporting is consistent with an international agenda of reporting total support, including the Organisation for Economic Development Cooperation (OECD) Total Official Support for Sustainable Development (TOSSD). Donors are working collectively with the OECD's Development Assistance Committee (DAC) to develop this new reporting framework.
This publication is complimented by 'Australian Engagement with Developing Countries Part 1: Bilateral Relationships at a Glance' which includes a series of fact sheets detailing Australian engagement with developing countries not limited to the official sector.
Concepts and definitions
The concepts and definitions used in 'Australian Engagement with Developing Countries Part 2: Official Sector Statistical Summary, 2014-15' are consistent with the OECD DAC's 'Statistical Reporting Directives'. Refer to Appendix 2: Concepts and Definitions for further details.
At present there is no international framework for the detailed reporting of OOF. The framework presented in this publication has been developed within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade incorporating (where known) aspects of TOSSD. The framework has been developed to track the emerging, different types of engagement including private sector leveraging; bilateral and strategic policy engagement; and peace and security.
Comparison with other donor countries
To facilitate comparison of development assistance between donor countries, Australia reports to the DAC, on a calendar year basis and converted to United States dollars (USD). This includes statistical information at the activity level, which can be accessed through the DAC website.
Statistics in 'Australian Engagement with Developing Countries Part 2: Official Sector Statistical Summary 2014-15' are stated in Australian dollars and reported on an Australian financial year basis. This may restrict, in some instances, a direct comparison between Australia's development cooperation and that of other donor countries.
A summary comparison of aid flows from individual OECD countries is provided in Table 22 and Table 23 of 'Australia's Official Development Assistance: Standard Time Series' data spreadsheets. Note: fluctuations in exchange rates between the Australian dollar (AUD) and United States dollar (USD) will impact on levels of Australian aid reported across different publications.
Statistical data relating to other donor countries' development assistance are sourced from the DAC, as at February 2016.
ODA Estimates for periods prior to those shown in this publication are available from 'Australia's Official Development Assistance: Standard Time Series' data spreadsheets located on this page.
'Australia's Official Development Assistance: Standard Time Series' data spreadsheets enable users to tabulate, manipulate and analyse Australian aid data over time.
A detailed list of data items for ODA is included in 'Australia's International Development Assistance: Standard Products and User Guide' which is also available on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website. Included are explanations and definitions for each data item and how users can access the relevant data.