Australia’s aid effort
Australian Aid: one of our nation’s greatest accomplishments
In the last generation, humanity has made great progress in shaping a more just and equal world:
- We’ve cut global poverty by 50% in the last ten years
- We’ve doubled the number of people who have access to clean water
- We’ve dramatically reduced the number of children dying every year, and
- We’ve nearly halved the number of women dying during childbirth
Together, through Australian Aid, we’ve all played a part in this story. When we work together to break the cycle of poverty and inequality, we empower women, men and children around the world to take control and turn their lives around.
Despite the remarkable things achieved by Australian Aid, successive aid cuts by the government mean our nation’s aid contributions are at their lowest ever level in history.
— Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) May 21, 2017
Some facts about Australia’s aid program:
- Australia currently spends $4.05 billion dollars on foreign aid – that’s 0.23% of our gross national income, or 23 cents in every $100
- Until recently, this was the lowest ever level of Australian Aid in our nation’s 60-plus years of aid giving.
- But, the government’s recent decisions have drastically lowered our aid spending even further. New cuts in the May Federal Budget have lowered Australian Aid to around 22 cents in every $100 of our national income from July 2017. With this latest cut, the government has beaten its own record with a new historic low for Australian Aid.
- The Australian Government and Opposition both pledged to increase overseas development assistance to 50 cents in every $100 before the last Federal Election. But neither major party currently has a clear timetable for achieving this goal.
- Australia lags behind many other developed nations, including the UK, who has lifted its aid spending to 70 cents in every $100.
- Australia, with one of the highest incomes per capita in the world, currently ranks a low 17th out of the 29 wealthy OECD member nations that give aid – and with the proposed new aid cuts, we will fall down the list to 20th.
Australian Aid helps some of the world’s most promising people build a better and fairer future.