Syria humanitarian response

The Australian Government announced $220 million over three years (2016-2019) to respond to the Syria crisis as part of its 2016 Budget, commencing in the 2016-17 financial year. This brings the total provided and committed to the Syria response to $433 million since 2011. The package includes humanitarian assistance for Syria and its neighbours, as well as longer-term resilience support for Jordan and Lebanon focused on improving education and livelihoods opportunities for refugees and their host communities. The package provides predictable funding to our partners, allowing for better planning and more efficient delivery of our aid.

The Syria conflict remains one of the biggest humanitarian, peace and security crisis facing the world today. The UN estimates 13.1 million people in Syria need humanitarian assistance, including 6.2 million who are internally displaced and 1.2 million living in hard-to-reach areas. A further 6 million people have fled the violence in Syria to neighbouring countries, including Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt. In Lebanon, Syrian refugees make up one-quarter of the population — the highest per capita concentration of refugees in the world. Over 91 per cent of refugees in the region are residing in host communities, which is placing a strain on local resources, infrastructure and services.

Australia's aid contribution in response to the Syria crisis has been delivered through UN agencies, international humanitarian organisations and Australian NGOs to reach people in need across the region.

Last Updated: 17 April 2019
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A photograph from a series taken by an 18 year old Syrian refugee in Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp. The camp is home to more than 46,000 Syrian refugee children. Australia provided funding to Save the Children to improve the coping abilities of children and families in Jordan affected by the conflict in Syria. Photo: Save the Children