Emergency assistance provided by Australia to Laos in July 2018. Photo by: © Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence

CANBERRA — The Australian aid program is in the early stages of a policy refresh, according to staff from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade at its recent procurement forum, with work happening internally to begin identifying new priorities — and how to embed them into the program.

Australian NGOs are a key partner in the delivery of the aid program. Their views are expected to be sought to identify which elements of the program are working and what shifts may be required to make Australian aid relevant in the world today.

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    Lisa Cornish

    Lisa Cornish is a Devex Reporter based in Canberra, where she focuses on the Australian aid community. Lisa formerly worked with News Corp Australia as a data journalist for the national network and was published throughout Australia in major metropolitan and regional newspapers, including the Daily Telegraph in Melbourne, Herald Sun in Melbourne, Courier-Mail in Brisbane, and online through news.com.au. Lisa additionally consults with Australian government providing data analytics, reporting and visualization services. Lisa was awarded the 2014 Journalist of the Year by the New South Wales Institute of Surveyors.