Call for submissions: New international development policy

10 December 2019

Notice: The closing date for submissions on Australia’s new international development policy has been extended to 14 February 2020.

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women Senator the Hon Marise Payne and Assistant Defence Minister and Minister for International Development and the Pacific the Hon Alex Hawke MP have announced a consultation process to guide a new Australian development policy. This policy will drive the Government’s international development efforts in support of security, stability, prosperity and resilience in the Indo-Pacific.

Australia's support to Vanuatu's education system is helping ni-Vanuatu girls and boys reach their full potential and contribute to a prosperous future for their country. Credit: Vanuatu Education Support Program

Building on the Foreign Policy White Paper, the new policy will guide Australia's development program and ensure it remains aligned with the Government's strategic priorities. The policy will cover development program activities as well as wider government initiatives that support international development. It will also reflect the Government's increased emphasis on strategic and economic partnerships in the Indo-Pacific and its Pacific Step-up.

The new policy will also provide a framework for the development of new comprehensive country and regional plans. A streamlined performance framework will accompany the policy to communicate the value and impact of Australia's development cooperation program.

An Expert Panel will advise Ministers and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on the development of the new policy and performance framework.

The new policy will reflect the Government's plan to retain a targeted and efficient development budget of $4 billion per year.

DFAT is inviting members of the public, the development community, partners and stakeholders in Australia and overseas, to give input into the new policy and performance framework. The closing date for submissions has been extended to 14 February, 2020.

Submissions are limited to a maximum of five-pages. They can be lodged via the following email address:

DFAT exercises discretion on which submissions will be made publicly available if they are deemed inappropriate or irrelevant.

Organisations and individuals that would like the Ministers to consider submissions made to the 2018 Joint Standing Committee of Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade Inquiry into the Strategic Effectiveness and Outcomes of Australia's aid program in the Indo-Pacific and its role in supporting our regional interests may email their request to

The Honiara end of the Coral Sea Cable System is floated to shore from the Île-de-Bréhat, July 2019. Credit: Qoriniasi Bale Jr

Last Updated: 9 December 2019

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The Economic team visit the Cao Lanh Bridge, Australia’s largest development cooperation investment in mainland Southeast Asia. Credit: Chad Clark
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