Budget highlights 2019-20

Highlights of the 2019-20 Federal Budget. Delivering the Pacific Step-up. $2 billion for the Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific, operational by 1 July 2019. $30.6 million for five new Pacific posts, expected to open by 2020-21. $10.9 million for the Office of the Pacific, established. $50 million for tourism icons, creating and investing in iconic tourism attractions to drive tourism growth, create jobs and diversify local economies. $66 million for Pacific Secondary Schools Scholarships. $60 million for supporting Australian exporters to utilise free trade agreements and seek new offshore opportunities. $1.4 billion record ODA funding to the Pacific. $450 million in humanitarian funding in 2019-20.

Portfolio Budget Statements

Media release

The 2019-20 Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Budget

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) will receive an appropriation of $5.2 billion for the 2019-20 financial year, including $3.7 billion in administered funding, and $1.5 billion in departmental funding.

The department is implementing the Pacific step-up initiatives announced in late 2018. The $2.0 billion Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific will be operational by 1 July 2019 and will accelerate the delivery of quality infrastructure which is prioritised by our Pacific partners and avoids unsustainable debt burdens. The department will receive an additional $12.7 million to manage the Facility.

The 2019-20 Official Development Assistance Budget

The Australian Government will provide an estimated $4.0 billion in total Official Development Assistance (ODA) in 2019-20. Australia is approximately the 12th highest donor amongst the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Reinforcing the Government's commitment to step-up our engagement in the Pacific, Australia will make its highest-ever contribution to Pacific development in 2019-20 with an estimated $1.4 billion in ODA. This represents over a third of our total aid budget and reaffirms Australia's position as the largest aid donor to the Pacific.

In 2019-20, the Government will make available a record $450 million in humanitarian assistance, ensuring Australia can respond rapidly to humanitarian crises in the Indo-Pacific and help address the needs of over 68.5 million refugees and displaced people.

Additional information can be found in the 2019-20 Australian Aid Budget Summary [PDF 13 MB].

Australian Aid Budget Summary 2019-20

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Table 1: Australian ODA allocations by country, regional and global programs

2018–19 and 2019–20 Budget Estimate

Program 2018–19
Budget Estimate
$m
2019–20
Budget Estimate
$m
Papua New Guinea 519.5 512.3
Bilateral program 427.9 427.9
Joint Understanding1 62.0 67.0
Coral Sea Cable System 29.6 17.4
Solomon Islands 146.1 122.3
Bilateral program 92.7 92.7
Coral Sea Cable System 53.4 29.6
Vanuatu 41.9 41.9
Fiji 35.0 35.0
Samoa 23.6 23.6
Nauru 21.2 21.2
Kiribati 20.2 20.2
Tonga 17.6 17.6
Tuvalu 6.6 6.6
Cook Islands 1.9 1.9
Niue and Tokelau 1.8 1.8
North Pacific 5.0 5.0
Pacific Regional 206.6 231.5
Pacific total 1,047.0 1,041.0
Indonesia 266.4 255.7
Timor-Leste 73.0 73.0
The Philippines 67.0 63.7
Vietnam 58.4 58.4
Cambodia 56.1 43.4
Myanmar 42.1 42.1
Laos 20.6 20.6
Mongolia 5.9 5.9
ASEAN and Mekong 32.6 33.7
Southeast and East Asia Regional 14.6 14.6
Southeast and East Asia total 636.7 611.1
Afghanistan 80.0 80.0
Bangladesh 42.1 38.5
Sri Lanka 19.9 19.9
Pakistan 39.4 19.0
Nepal 15.6 9.1
Bhutan 2.1 2.1
Maldives 1.8 1.8
South and West Asia Regional 19.8 14.8
South and West Asia total 220.7 185.2
Sub-Saharan Africa 31.8 31.8
The Middle East and North Africa (includes the Palestinian Territories) 20.5 20.5
The Middle East and Africa total 52.3 52.3
Gender Equality Fund 55.0 55.0
Health, Water and Sanitation 108.1 102.4
Regional Scholarships and Education 101.8 84.8
Infrastructure and Rural Development 46.0 46.0
Innovation Fund 35.0 11.1
Other sectoral programs 143.6 87.7
Indo-Pacific sectoral programs total 434.5 332.0
Country and Regional programs total 2,446.2 2,276.5
Emergency Fund 150.0 150.0
Global Humanitarian Partnerships 133.5 133.5
Protracted Crises and Strengthening Humanitarian Action 87.2 115.5
Disaster Risk Reduction, Preparedness and Response 39.0 51.0
Humanitarian, emergencies and refugees total 409.7 450.0
United Nations Children's Fund 21.0 21.0
United Nations Development Fund 12.7 12.7
World Health Organisation 12.4 12.4
United Nations Population Fund 9.2 9.2
UN Women 7.8 7.8
United Nations Program on HIV and AIDS 4.5 4.5
Commonwealth Organisations 7.2 7.2
Contributions to Global Health Programs2 65.0 128.4
Contributions to Global Education Partnerships2 16.0 30.0
Contribution to Green Climate Fund2 19.2 -
Other ODA eligible contributions3 44.9 54.9
UN, Commonwealth and Other International Organisations total 219.9 288.1
Global NGO Programs 135.6 138.6
Australian Volunteers Program 42.6 40.0
Community Engagement and International Research 8.4 13.4
NGO, volunteer and community programs total 186.6 191.9
Cash payments to multilateral organisations 358.6 234.6
Global programs total 1,174.7 1,164.7
Departmental 255.2 259.0
Other Government Departments4 365.1 444.1
Adjustments -80.1 -100.3
Total Australian ODA 4,161.1 4,044.0
– denotes nil or rounded to zero (including null cells). Due to rounding, discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals.
  1. Joint Understanding between Australia and Papua New Guinea on Further Bilateral Cooperation on Health, Education and Law and Order.
  2. Payments align with multi-year replenishment schedule. Australia made the final payment to the Green Climate Fund in December 2018.
  3. Includes ODA eligible portions to the UN and other international organisations.
  4. Includes Australia's contribution to the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and Australia's contribution for the World Bank's General Capital Increase.

Table 2: Total Australian ODA by country and region of benefit

2018–19 and 2019–20 Budget Estimate

Country and region* 2018–19
Budget Estimate
$m
2019–20
Budget Estimate
$m
Papua New Guinea 572.2 607.5
Solomon Islands 187.0 174.4
Vanuatu 62.3 66.2
Fiji 58.1 58.8
Samoa 35.5 32.0
Tonga 27.9 26.6
Kiribati 29.4 27.3
Nauru 25.9 25.8
Tuvalu 9.7 9.3
Niue and Tokelau 2.9 4.8
Cook Islands 3.4 3.7
North Pacific 8.0 8.4
Pacific Regional 261.3 336.4
Pacific total 1,283.6 1,381.4
Indonesia 316.2 298.5
Timor-Leste 91.8 100.7
The Philippines 85.4 79.7
Vietnam 84.2 78.2
Cambodia 83.6 66.0
Myanmar 76.9 84.0
Laos 41.3 37.9
Mongolia 9.6 9.8
Southeast and East Asia Regional 238.3 251.0
Southeast and East Asia total 1,027.2 1,005.8
Afghanistan 80.2 82.1
Bangladesh 59.8 70.1
Sri Lanka 28.6 27.1
Pakistan 49.2 32.2
Nepal 30.6 22.5
Bhutan 7.0 6.4
Maldives 2.6 2.6
South and West Asia Regional 26.9 23.4
South and West Asia total 284.8 266.2
Sub-Saharan Africa 121.1 119.0
The Middle East and North Africa
(includes the Palestinian Territories)**
137.4 80.9
The Middle East and Africa total 258.5 199.8
Latin America and the Caribbean total 5.9 3.3
Core contributions to multilateral organisations and other ODA not attributable to countries or regions 1,301.2 1,187.4
Total Australian ODA 4,161.1 4,044.0

Due to rounding, discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals.

* Total Australian ODA attributable to partner countries and regions. Funding allocated to non-country specific programs at Budget is attributed to country and regional programs to reflect actual and planned expenditure.

** Includes Iraq, Syria and other flows to the region.

Table 3: Other Government Departments delivering ODA

2019–20 Budget Estimate

Department/Agency Aid delivered directly from Budget Measures
$m
Aid delivered in partnership with DFAT
$m
Total
$m
Agriculture and Water Resources 6.6 0.6 7.3
Attorney-General's Department 0.9 8.4 9.4
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research 101.2 15.8 117.0
Australian Federal Police 47.9 6.4 54.3
Commonwealth Scientific and industrial
Research Organisation
7.9 7.9
Communications and the Arts 0.8 0.8
Department of Home Affairs 3.4 0.5 3.9
Environment and Energy 1.0 9.2 10.2
Finance 0.3 0.1 0.4
Health 10.9 3.5 14.4
Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities 2.5 2.5
Jobs and Small Business 10.2 3.6 13.8
Treasury 261.3 261.3
Other Government Departments (Australian) 0.1 0.7 0.8
States and territories 0.4 2.0 2.3
Total ODA delivered by OGDs 444.1 62.1 506.2

Last Updated: 2 April 2019