Have your say on remuneration and conditions for in-country Australian aid workers

By Lisa Cornish 17 May 2017

A booth at Vanuatu’s national careers fair in Port Vila. Photo by: Yohann Lemonnier / DFAT / CC BY

International advisers are an important element for the delivery of Australia’s aid program — and the Aid Adviser Remuneration Framework defines the policies and procedures for determining the payment and conditions for commercially contracted international advisers. But since its introduction in February 2011, there has not been wide-scale engagement to determine the understanding and value of the ARF to those administrating and managing aid programs.

Following on from the Aid Supplier Conference in February, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade are continuing to open up engagement and collaboration with private sector partners — and this includes opening up the ARF to greater feedback and scrutiny.

But what is the information DFAT is seeking? Devex has some tips to enable your organization to submit valuable information that will help improve the Australian aid program and opportunities for employment in developing countries.

Continuing to be competitive

The Australian aid program wants to get value for money — and getting the best people for the job can improve the efficiency and effectiveness of aid programs. Important to this is ensuring the ARF is competitive against other aid programs and local rates.

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Lisa Cornish is a Devex reporter based in Canberra, Australia. 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.

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