Implementation of the revised 2013-14 budget is currently under
discussion with partner governments and organisations.
Australia Awards delivered under the Australian aid program continue a long tradition of development scholarships that have been an important component of the Australian
government's overseas aid program since the 1950s. They aim to:
- develop capacity and leadership skills so that individuals can contribute to development in their home country; and
- build people-to-people linkages at the individual, institutional and country levels.
Australia Awards contribute to the achievement of development objectives across a range of sectors and are a feature of nearly all of Australia's bilateral aid programs.
The Australian Government works closely with its partners in developing countries to ensure that Australia Awards support the development priorities of each country.
Following the Government's announcement on 17 December 2012 to reprioritise resources within the aid budget, the 2012-13 revised budget estimate for the Australia Awards
program is $331 million. The new budget estimate for Education reflects changes to global programs.