Overview of Australia's aid program to Vietnam

How we are helping

2014/15 Bilateral Budget Estimate
$97.4 million

2015/16 Bilateral Budget Estimate
$58.4 million

2015/16 Total Australian ODA Estimate
$89.9 million

DFAT will manage an estimated $58.4 million in bilateral funding to Vietnam in 2015-16.  Total Australian Official Development Assistance (ODA) to Vietnam in 2015-16 will be an estimated $89.9 million.

Australian ODA will transition to an economic partnership approach, focusing on leveraging domestic capacity and resources, to help Vietnam undertake growth enhancing initiatives.

The website will be updated to reflect priorities following discussions with our partners. These priorities will be detailed further in new Aid Investment Plans which will be finalised by no later than 30 September 2015. 

Further information on current investments in Vietnam can be found below.

Improve the quality of Vietnam’s human resources

Having a skilled workforce is essential for Vietnam to meet its objective of becoming an industrialised country by 2020. Australia's support focuses on three areas: improving individuals' skills and impact; strengthening public institutions; and promoting Australia-Vietnam linkages. Australia is providing quality postgraduate education to Vietnam’s lecturers, researchers, government employees and development workers, through Australia Awards Scholarships.

Improving the quality of Vietnam’s human resources

Develop better transport infrastructure and policy to support economic integration

Australia is supporting Vietnam’s economic integration through investments in hard infrastructure to improve local and regional connectivity (with a particular focus on the Mekong Delta), and via analytical and advisory assistance.

As Vietnam transitions to a middle income country and integrates with the global economy, it needs to reform its institutions and policies in a way that will stimulate a new period of growth that promotes opportunities for all. This includes reforms in areas like finance, banking, industry, state-owned-enterprise, competition policy and land policy. Australia is helping Vietnam build a sound evidence base to inform this process.

Developing better transport infrastructure and policy to support economic integration in Vietnam

Increase rural access to clean water and hygienic sanitation

Australia plays a lead role in the water and sanitation sector, promoting new and low cost technologies and innovation. In recent years, Australian support has focused on geographic areas which are most in need of assistance, and importantly has been able to leverage the Government of Vietnam’s own significant investments to improve poverty targeting, focus on hygiene and sustainability and provide an entry point for gender equality and disability discussions, particularly in schools.

Increasing rural access to clean water and hygienic sanitation in Vietnam

Advance climate change adaptation and mitigation (focusing on the Mekong Delta)

Australia is supporting Vietnam's own objectives to restructure its economy, improve energy security and better manage natural resources. Australia is focused on reducing future human, economic and environmental losses associated with climate change and natural disasters.

Addressing climate change is key to ensuring that Vietnam’s hard won development gains are not undone and that food security is guaranteed for millions of its people.

Australia is working with Vietnam in an effort to better understand the impacts of climate change, identify and implement appropriate adaptation measures (focusing on the Mekong Delta, the area of greatest risk) and support Vietnam’s efforts to promote low-carbon growth.

We are working with communities in the Mekong Delta to adapt to the impacts of climate change and protect food security and livelihoods.

Advancing climate change adaptation and mitigation in Vietnam

Our results

  • In 2014, 185 conditional Australia Awards Scholarships were provided to Vietnamese citizens.
  • Civil works commenced on Cao Lanh Bridge, following the ground-breaking ceremony on 19 October 2013, with resettlement implemented according to plan.

Australia has contributed to Vietnam achieving the following results in 2013:

  • 82 per cent of the rural population has access to hygienic water (additional 1.2 million people)
  • 60 per cent of rural households have hygienic latrines (additional 400,000 people)
  • 90 per cent of schools equipped with water supply and sanitation facilities (additional 318 schools)
  • 92 per cent of clinics equipped with water supply and sanitation facilities (additional 126 clinics).
  • Helping 270,000 people build their resilience to climate change and natural disasters.


A teacher speaking to students
Hospitality students at KOTO (Know One Teach One) in Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam. KOTO is a not-for-profit restaurant and vocational training programme which is changing the lives of street and disadvantaged youth in Vietnam (credit: DFAT).