Australian Embassy
Norway, Iceland

Development Cooperation

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade – Australian Aid

Development policy and the delivery of Australia’s aid program is now the responsibility of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) as of 1 November 2013.

The Australian Government's overseas aid program is improving the lives of millions of people in developing countries. Australia is working with the governments and people of developing countries to deliver aid where it is most needed and most effective.

Australian aid has helped our neighbours and countries further abroad to develop. For example, Australian aid has wiped out polio from the Pacific. Australian aid has seen more than 1.5 million children immunised against measles and polio in Papua New Guinea.

We helped build the first bridge across the Mekong River in East Asia, boosting economic opportunities for millions of people living in the region. And our water supply and sanitation programs are providing clean water for nearly 500,000 people in Tanzania, South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

Australia's aid program

Where we give aid

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Aid topics


Where we give aid

Australia's aid program focuses on the Indo-Pacific region. We are internationally recognised for our leading role in the region, particularly in PNG and the Pacific. Our aid is even more important given two-thirds of the world’s poor—some 800 million people—live in the Asia Pacific, yet they receive less than one third of global aid. Australia also provides assistance to Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Updated 28 September 2016