Development Co-operation Directorate (DCD-DAC)

DAC member profile: Australia


Member of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) since 1961.

Statistics from the Development Co-operation Report 2014

DCR 2014 Australia 

See full profile in the Development Co-operation Report 2014.

Australia provided USD 4.9 billion ODA in 2013 (preliminary data), which represented 0.34% of gross national income (GNI) and a fall of -4.5% in real terms from 2012. The government intends to stabilise the aid budget at the current level, with adjustment only in line with the consumer price index. This is likely to keep the ODA/GNI ratio below the target of 0.5%, which remains an aspiration of the government. Australia is the 10th largest donor of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) in terms of volume. In 2012, its ODA (excluding administrative costs and in-donor refugee costs) was fully untied. The grant element of total ODA was 99.8% in 2012.

Peer review findings

Latest evaluation report

Australia can deliver a growing aid budget effectively and efficiently. To ensure that its aid has an impact on development, Australia sets clear goals, and monitors and reports the results of its development co-operation. The review commends Australia’s exemplary steps to increase the transparency of aid.

Australia's latest evaluation recommended that Australian law and justice assistance programmes adopt more modest and specific goals, based on analysis of what is achievable in the country’s political, economic, social and geographical context.

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