Building resilience: humanitarian assistance, disaster risk reduction and social protection

2017-18 Budget Estimate:
$618.3 million

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:


Last Updated: 9 May 2017
Above left: Dr Ian Norton, Director of Disaster Preparedness and Response at the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre in Darwin, assisting a patient at the AusMAT medical facility in Darwin. Photo: Gemma Haines / DFAT. Above right: Parent volunteer and student, Pagasa Special Education Centre, San Pablo, Laguna, Philippines. Photo: Anne Rigby/DFAT