Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is the Australian Government agency responsible for managing Australia's overseas aid program.
AusAID (the Australian Agency for International Development) was the Australian Government agency responsible for managing Australia's overseas aid program until October 2013, when it ceased to be an executive agency and was integrated into the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The objective of the Australian aid program is to assist developing countries reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development, in line with Australia's national interest.
We provide advice to the government on development policy and manage the implementation of Australia’s overseas aid program. We plan, lead and coordinate Australia’s poverty reduction activities and its response to humanitarian disasters.
DFAT is strongly committed to evaluating and improving Australia's aid program and to collecting, analysing and publishing development data and other information. DFAT's head office is in Canberra. DFAT also has representatives in 37 Australian diplomatic missions overseas
The 2012-13 Budget will increase Australia’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) to $5.2 billion, maintaining ODA at 0.35% of GNI over the coming year. Returning the budget to surplus is Australia's best defence at a time when the global economy is changing dramatically. To deliver this surplus, the Government has taken the tough, but fiscally responsible, decision to defer providing 0.5% of Gross National Income (GNI) as aid until 2016-17.
The Government remains committed to achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Australian aid tackles poverty through saving lives, creating opportunities for all, promoting sustainable economic development and effective governance, and by responding to humanitarian crises and disasters. Over the next four years, Australia will help 4 million children from poor families to enrol in school, vaccinate more than 10 million children and provide over 2 million poor people with access to financial services. We will also provide 30 million vulnerable people living in conflict and crisis situations with life-saving humanitarian assistance.
Over 70% of Australian aid is delivered in Asia and the Pacific, promoting prosperity in our region and reducing border security and health risks for Australians. Australian aid is delivered by Australian volunteers, businesses, non-government organisations, and government agencies working together with developing countries and international organisations.
In addition to DFAT, the organisations comprising the Foreign Affairs and Trade portfolio are the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), Austrade and the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation.
Foreign Affairs and Trade
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research
Export Finance and Insurance Corporation
Aid Themes Overview
The Australian aid program is organised around four interlinked themes:
Accelerating economic growth
Fostering functioning and effective states
Investing in people
Promoting regional stability and cooperation
Disaster risk reduction
Millennium Development Goals
Water and sanitation
Australia works with a range of partner organisations including:
Australian Government Departments
Other Government Donors
Business for Development
Non Government Organisations
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