2017-18 Budget Estimate:
External shocks, including natural disasters, conflict, and economic shocks (such as food and fuel price spikes) severely undermine growth, reverse hard-won development gains and increase poverty and insecurity.
Australia's region is highly vulnerable to these shocks, and their impact is becoming more extreme as climate-related disasters become more severe and frequent.
We need an effective humanitarian system to ensure timely, coordinated international responses to specific disasters. In line with our global responsibilities, Australia will respond promptly and effectively to humanitarian disasters.
Disaster preparedness, risk reduction and social protection help build the resilience of countries and communities. In our own region, Australia is also pursuing a number of measures to build the resilience of countries, communities and the most disadvantaged members of communities to future disasters and shocks.
For further information on how Australia provides humanitarian assistance and is building resilience in partner countries, see: