Total Australian Official Development Assistance: $4.2 billion
Australian aid, focused on the Indo-Pacific region, serves our national interests by contributing to sustainable economic development and poverty reduction. We support countries to improve their governance and promote private sector-led growth and equality for women and girls.
We assist countries to build resilience to natural disasters and respond to humanitarian crises, guard against the spread of infectious diseases and fight threats such as extremism. Our development assistance magnifies the influence that Australia brings to bear on pressing regional and global problems.
We work collaboratively with International Financial Institutions (including the Asian Development Bank and World Bank) and multilateral organisations (such as United Nations Organisations) to strengthen the international rules based order, protect norms, and drive inclusive sustainable development, in line with Australia's geographic and thematic priorities.
Our aid program is much richer when we engage with Australian and international organisations, big and small, and harness the skills of everyday Australians. We do this through our trusted non-government partnerships, through our new community grants scheme and our volunteers program.
We are stepping up our support for a more
secure and prosperous Pacific.
In 2018–19, $1.3 billion will be provided to the
Pacific—our highest-ever contribution—
reflecting the fundamental importance
to Australia of the stability and economic
progress of Pacific island countries.
Highlight: Pacific Labour Facility - $50 million (2017-18 to 2022-23)
We will help Pacific partners build sustainable
resilient economies through:
- the undersea telecommunications cables
project to Papua New Guinea and Solomon
Islands–to improve internet connectivity
- Pacific Labour Scheme—to expand labour
- Australia Pacific Security College—for
security and law-enforcement training
- The Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic
Relations (PACER) Plus Readiness
Program—increasing business confidence
through transparent and enforceable rules.
We will address the challenges of climate
change, natural disasters and fishery
We will work with governments and regional
institutions on health and education
programs. Our economic reform and
investment programs will work to create an
enabling environment for businesses and
The Australian Federal Police's Pacific Police
Development Program will support a broad
range of police development activities
improving the rule of law as a prerequisite for
economic, social and political development.
We will support equality for women and girls
through the Pacific Women Shaping Pacific
Development program and many other projects.
South-East and East Asia
Australia will deliver targeted advice and
technical assistance that has a catalytic
effect both on reform efforts and capacity
development in the region. We will continue
to help reduce poverty, address inequality,
support free and unencumbered trade and
advance human rights in the region.
We will support efforts on transnational
challenges such as: reducing crime and
people smuggling; strengthening counter
terrorism cooperation; and maritime security
Highlight: Education Pathways to Peace in Conflict-affected Areas of Mindanao - $90 million (2017-18 to 2026-27)
Our flagship counter-trafficking and safe
migration investments support effective
regional responses to cross-border
governance challenges, human rights issues
and stable and inclusive growth.
South and West Asia
The Australian aid program in South and West
Asia is critical to the promotion of an open
and inclusive Indo-Pacific region.
Conflict and instability in the region
has resulted in one of the world's most
protracted humanitarian crises. Our
humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan,
Bangladesh and Pakistan is promoting
security by meeting the basic needs of
vulnerable and mobile populations.
Highlight: Afghanistan and Pakistan Humanitarian Strategy - $60 million (2018 to 2020)
The Middle East and Africa
Australia's investments in the Middle East
and Africa promote a rules-based order and
stability. Our humanitarian commitments
in Iraq, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, and the
Palestinian Territories are critical in this regard.
Further, Australia Awards Scholarships promote
people-to-people and institutional links.
Highlight: Botswana - Savanna-Burning Project - $3.8 million (2017-18 to 2020-21)
Humanitarian Assistance $410m
The Australian Aid program focuses on helping communities and governments to be better
prepared for, and respond to, natural disasters. Investing in disaster risk reduction is the
most effective way to reduce the impact of a crisis, save lives and limit the economic costs
of a disaster. Risk reduction activities include ensuring buildings are built stronger to
ensure they can withstand extreme weather events, improving warning systems, and
supporting vulnerable communities to gain access to insurance.
|Disaster risk reduction, preparedness and response
|Protracted crises and strengthening humanitarian action
|International Committee of the Red Cross
|United Nations Office for the Coordination of
|World Food Programme
|United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund
|United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
|United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine
Refugees in the Near East
|Australian Humanitarian total
Gender Equality Fund
Australia's Gender Equality Fund helps
empower women and girls by finding
innovative ways to improve women's
economic participation and access to finance.
Through Investing in Women we support
mentoring for young women leaders in our
region and we strengthen data collection
Australia is the first and largest contributor
to the Women's Peace and Humanitarian
Fund which supports women who prevent
conflict, respond to crises and contribute to
sustaining peace in their communities.
Innovation is central to our efforts to
deliver impact through the Australian aid
program. In the year ahead we will lift our
ambition further by embedding an innovative
mindset and practice across the Australian
aid program. We will build a connected
innovation ecosystem across the Indo-
Pacific to enable entrepreneurs to solve
their region's social challenges, drive their
economic growth and open up opportunities.
We will be open to new knowledge and
practice, our processes and culture will support
innovative approaches and our leadership will
model good innovation practice.
Table 2: Total Australian ODA by country
and region of benefit
Table 3: Sectoral and global allocations