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OECD Development Co-operation Peer Reviews: Australia 2018

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Published on March 26, 2018

Australia has a strong voice on the global stage. It actively and consistently advocates for the interests of small island developing states and the Pacific region and on issues such as disaster risk reduction and gender equality. In line with this focus, the government has introduced a clear overarching policy vision and associated strategies and guidance for development co-operation. A robust performance framework reflects Australia’s strategic orientations, with value for money at the forefront. Among other issues, this review also looks at how the Australian government has managed the integration of aid within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the resulting opportunities and challenges.


Conducting the peer review
Abbreviations and acronyms
Australia's aid at a glance
Context of the peer review of Australia
The DAC's main findings and recommendations
Secretariat’s Report7 chapters available
Australia's global efforts for sustainable development
Policy vision and framework
Financing for development
Australia's structure and systems
Australia's delivery modalities and partnerships
Australia's results, evaluation and learning
Australia's humanitarian assistance
Annexes4 chapters available
Progress since the 2013 DAC peer review recommendations
OECD/DAC standard suite of tables
Field visit to Solomon Islands
Organisational charts
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Read the DAC's main findings and recommendations, available in English and French.

Australia needs to shore up development aid to match its reinforced engagement, says OECD

Australia’s active global engagement on development and its focus on fragile small island states and disaster risk reduction are commendable. However successive cuts to the country’s aid budget since 2013 are impairing its efforts, according to a new OECD Review.

The latest DAC Peer Review of Australia says the introduction of a robust performance-based framework for aid policy in 2014 and the integration of aid agency AusAID  into the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 2013 – though not without challenges – have encouraged innovation and a more development-friendly outlook on trade. Australia now needs to restore its official development assistance (ODA), which projections indicate could drop to an all-time low of 0.22% of gross national income in 2017/18.

Read the press release, available in English and French.

A good practice excerpt from the peer review: Australia’s commitment to gender equality

Australia’s strong commitment to mainstreaming gender is particularly noteworthy on the policy front. Australia continues to champion gender equality internationally, regionally and bilaterally. A dedicated strategy, performance targets, financial resources and political leadership underpin this commitment, enabling Australia to make gender equality a genuinely cross-cutting issue (see Box 2.1).

Read chapter 2 of the peer review for more on Australia's commitment to gender equality

Australia's implementation of peer review recommendations from 2013

Australia Peer Review 2018 Implementation Rates 2013

Read about the implementation of the 2013 recommendations (Annex A)

 About this review

Australia's peer review history

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