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2014-2015 Budget

Estimated expenditure in 2014-15 across the Pacific region is $1,152.7 million. Individual country funding is available on each country homepage.

2013-2014 Budget

Estimated outcome in 2013-14 across the Pacific region is $1,043.5 million.

Australia’s aid is making a difference to the lives of Pacific people. More children are in school and the quality of education is improving. Fewer people are contracting malaria and more people have access to safe water and basic sanitation.

Australia is the leading donor across the region. Almost 20 per cent of the total Australian aid program is directed towards the Pacific. This accounts for almost half of all assistance to the region. In 2013-14, Australia’s aid budget to the region (including Papua New Guinea) is more than $1.1 billion.

A smiling woman with an Australian flag Australia’s aid to the Pacific is helping to expand women’s access to political, economic and social opportunities. Photo: Graham Crumb / Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Australian aid will support Australian foreign and trade policy which is dependent on a safe, secure, and prosperous region. Broader economic development and aid for trade initiatives will help build livelihoods, provide jobs and grow economies that can then support sustainable communities.

A major focus for the Australian aid program is the Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development initiative—a $320 million 10-year program which aims to improve gender equality in the region by expanding women’s access to political, economic and social opportunities. Work is now being carried out through country and regional programs across three key areas:

  • Increasing women’s participation in leadership and decision making roles
  • Increasing economic opportunities for women through improved access to financial services and markets
  • Improving safety for women through better services for survivors of violence, access to justice and preventing violence.

Education and health remain development priorities in 2013-14. We will continue to strengthen tertiary and technical education across the Pacific to ensure that more young people have internationally recognised qualifications. We will also continue to focus on ensuring that young children can read. We will invest further in reducing child mortality, improving maternal health, and addressing non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.

The majority of Australia's assistance is delivered through bilateral programs. Priority areas for assistance are agreed with each government under a Partnership for Development.

Australia is also the major donor to regional organisations which address region-wide challenges. Non-government organisations remain important partners, including at the grass-roots level.

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Last reviewed: 28 October, 2014