Development Partners Snapshot:
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has overall responsibility for development co-operation policy and is responsible for most of Australia’s ODA budget.
Australia provided USD 3.4 billion (preliminary data) of ODA in 2021, representing 0.22% of GNI. This was an increase of 4.5% in real terms in volume and an increase in share of GNI from 2020. Australia provided all of its ODA as grants in 2020.
Australia ranks 21st among 29 DAC member countries when ODA is taken as a share of GNI. While ODA increased in 2021, Australia’s ODA has declined over the past decade in both volume and as a share of ODA/GNI. As of May 2022, a newly formed government is committed to increasing Australia’s aid budget. In line with its policy priorities, Australia’s ODA is strongly focused on small island developing states (SIDS), equal to 31.8% of gross bilateral ODA in 2020, and the Pacific.
Global Partnership monitoring trend
Click here for a snapshot of Australia's results from the two most recent Global Partnership monitoring rounds (2018 and 2016). The Global Partnership monitoring process and framework have been revised, and the new round will take place from 2023 to 2026. This profile will be updated periodically as new data is generated by the monitoring exercise.
DAC Performance and Trends - 2019 GPEDC Progress Report
The 2021 OECD-DAC mid-term review commended Australia’s partner-driven approach and its efforts to integrate development capabilities alongside foreign policy and trade. The review also encouraged Australia to increase its ODA, align its policy and performance framework to the Sustainable Development Goals, broaden its policy coherence for sustainable development beyond the Pacific region, and grow its staffing capabilities. Australia elected not to publish the mid-term review letter.