Introduction to the summary
The fundamental purpose of Australian aid is to help people overcome poverty. We focus our efforts in areas where Australia can make a difference and where our resources can most effectively and efficiently be deployed.
The aid program advances our national interests through promoting stability and prosperity both in our region and beyond.
The aid program is guided by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the internationally agreed targets for poverty reduction and human development.
This report, Australia’s International Development Assistance: Statistical Summary, 2011-12, presents statistical details of Australia’s development cooperation with partner countries, multilateral and bilateral development agencies, civil society organisations and the private sector. It provides a range of information at the aggregate level, on where Australia’s aid program was delivered and the type of aid delivered.
This report complements other reporting of the Australian aid program. The compilation methodology aligns Australia’s International Aid Program: Statistical Summary with the Annual Ministerial Statement on the Aid Budget, the AusAID Annual Report and the Annual Review of Aid Effectiveness.
Users may wish to refer to the following publications which can be downloaded from the AusAID website:
Changes in this issue
Australia’s International Development Assistance: Statistical Summary, 2011-12 introduces a range of new tables to meet the varied information requirements of the broader Australian community.
The new format aligns with the strategic priorities set out in the Comprehensive Aid Policy Framework.
Australia’s aid program is focused on advancing five strategic goals:
- saving lives
- promoting opportunities for all
- sustainable economic development
- effective governance
- humanitarian and disaster response.
Changes in compilation methodology1 align Australia’s International Development Assistance: Statistical Summary, 2011–12 with other AusAID releases.
Concepts and definitions
The concepts and definitions used in Australia’s International Development Assistance: Statistical Summary, 2011–12 are consistent with the Statistical Reporting Directives of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organisation for Economic and Development Cooperation (OECD). Refer to Appendix 2: Concepts and Definitions for further details.
Comparability with other donor countries
To facilitate comparability between donor countries, Australia reports annually its development assistance to the DAC, converted to United States dollars (USD) and on a calendar year basis. This includes statistical information at the activity level, which can be accessed through the DAC’s web site. Note: fluctuations in exchange rates between the Australian dollar (AUD) and United State dollar (USD) will impact on levels of Australian aid reported across different publications.
A summary comparison of aid flows from individual OECD countries is provided in Table 26 and Table 272. See Appendix 6 for exchange rates.
Statistical data on other donor countries’ development assistance are sourced from the DAC, as at November 2012.
Estimates for periods prior to those shown in this publication are available from the Time Series spread sheets located on the AusAID website <www.ausaid.gov.au>.
The Time Series spread sheets enable users to tabulate, manipulate and analyse Australian aid data over time.
A detailed list of data items available is included in Australia’s International Development Assistance: Standard Products and User Guide also available on the AusAID website. Included are explanations and definitions for each data item and how users can access the relevant data.
1 Previously, the methodology used to compile statistical information in the Statistical Summary differed
in some instances with other AusAID publications. The Statistical Summary excluded the accrual
adjustment, use of preliminary department expenses and different geographic disaggregation.
2 Statistics in this publication are stated in Australian dollars (AUD) and reported on an Australian
financial year basis, unless otherwise specified. This may restrict, in some instances, a direct comparison
between Australia’s development cooperation and that of other donor countries.