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 over 50% since 2000
- We’ve doubled the number of people who have access to clean water
- We’ve dramatically reduced the number of children dying every year
- 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.
Some facts about Australia’s aid program:
- Australia spends just 0.23% of our gross national income, or 23 cents in every $100, on Australian aid. This is the lowest level ever in our nation’s 60-plus years of using aid to tackle poverty.
- The Australian Government and Opposition both pledged to increase the aid budget 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 countries, including the UK, which has lifted its aid contribution to 70 cents in every $100.
- Australia’s aid budget ranks a low 19th out of the 29 wealthy OECD member nations, despite the fact that we have one of the highest per capita incomes in the world.
Australian aid helps some of the world’s most promising people build a better and fairer future.
How you can help
Change a life today by making a general donation to Oxfam — helping people grow more food, educate their children, and lead healthy, productive lives.