Australia has major security, political, economic and humanitarian interests in finding a solution to, and mitigating the impacts of, the conflict in Iraq. The conflict is a source of regional and global instability, an incubator for international terrorism and a major destination for foreign fighters. Since ISIS entered Mosul in June 2014, 3.1 million Iraqis have been internally displaced and 10 million are in need of humanitarian assistance.
In recognition of the ongoing situation in Iraq, on 25 April 2017 the Prime Minister announced that Australia would contribute a further $110 million through international organisations for continued humanitarian assistance and increased stabilisation support in Iraq.
This $110 million will bring Australia’s humanitarian assistance to Iraq to more than $180 million since 2014.
The new funding includes $10 million to meet immediate humanitarian needs arising from the Mosul operation.
It also includes a $100 million package over three years, which will provide predictable funding to our partners, allowing for better planning and more efficient delivery of our aid.
Our funding will address humanitarian needs such as food, medical assistance and access to clean water. It will also address protection risks for the most vulnerable with a particular emphasis on women and girls.
The package will support the Government of Iraq’s efforts to stabilise liberated areas by restoring basic services for those returning to their homes. Recognising that the long-term stability of a post-war Iraq relies upon reconciliation, Australian funding will support reconciliation mechanisms and initiatives.