Promoting good governance and stronger democratic institutions everywhere

Good governance, the rule of law and strong institutions are the foundations of a functioning, responsive society — they are essential for promoting and protecting human rights.

Four students listening to an educator.
A group of students from Pragati Adarsga English School in Nepal visits an interactive learning process at the Electoral Education and Information Centre. Credit: Jim Holmes / DFAT.

Australia is supporting partner governments in our region to strengthen accountability measures, improve public sector financial management and deliver public sector reform. This enables our regional partners to deliver more efficient and effective services and protect the human rights of their citizens.

Australia will continue to invest in strengthening governance around the world with the aim of developing transparent, accountable and responsive institutions to ensure the advancement of human rights for all.

Australia will focus on helping build institutions that promote stability, inclusive economic growth and poverty reduction, ensure disability inclusiveness, and strengthen gender equality and women's empowerment.

Our Pledge:

  • Australia will promote and uphold good governance and the rule of law around the world.
  • Australia will continue to promote good governance and strong democratic institutions in Australia, ensuring our public institutions are transparent, accountable and responsive to the needs of Australians.
  • Australia will continue to support developing countries through our aid program to strengthen their public services and develop effective rule of law and justice agencies to ensure public safety and security.
Last Updated: 26 February 2018