We seek a world in which the Christian vision flourishing is actualised, with extreme poverty alleviated and the dignity of all peoples recognised.
Jesus calls us to ‘love our neighbour as ourselves’ and when asked who our neighbour is, we see that it is not just those we share a fence with, but rather all people, regardless of differences. To love our neighbours well, we seek to ensure our nation is investing generously in the alleviation of poverty, in education and in other programs which restore dignity and ‘set the oppressed free’.
We are blessed to live in one of the wealthiest nations in the world. With this wealth used generously by many, with the Australian population being one of the most generous in the world in terms of charitable giving. Our view is that the Australian aid budget does not fully represent this generosity, nor reflect the role Australia could and should be playing in fighting poverty globally.
Australia is one of the wealthiest countries in the world yet our generosity as a nation continues to decline. In the May 2023-24 Budget, ODA comprised just 0.70% of the total government spend.32 Despite temporary increases during the COVID-19 pandemic, an additional $1.4 billion over four years in the October 2022 Budget, and a more recent increase to the ODA baseline33, Australia’s ODA as a percentage of GNI is currently at an all-time low, projected to be 0.19% for 2023-24. This is estimated to decrease to 0.18% by 2026-27 and decline further to 0.14% by 2034-2035.34 At 0.19%, our ODA contributions are well below the current OECD average of 0.36%,35 we rank almost last on the OECD rankings for aid generosity (27th out of 31)36 and we are 17th on the Commitment to Development Index (13 positions lower than 2021)37. Given that 22 of our 26 nearest neighbours are developing countries, our aid must be greater.
You can read more about Australia’s aid program at the ANU’s Aid Tracker project.
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Australia's aid ranking out of wealthy OECD nations
of GNI will be the total aid budget by 2024 if the current trajectory continues
People will be in need of live-saving humanitarian assistance in 2023
Australia’s aid program is transforming the lives of many. People have sight restored, children receive an education, health rates improve, women and girls are empowered and more. Here is a glance at some of the strong outcomes across Sub-Saharan Africa, the Pacific Region, South East Asia and Beyond:
2.5 million people
across 18 countries in this Sub-Saharan Africa were supported by the work of Australian NGO's - with funding from Australian aid, in 2021-22.
in Sub-Saharan Africa were delivered from 2021-22 across eye health, food security, governance, rural development and agriculture, water health and sanitation (WASH), disability inclusion and gender equality.
people in Ethiopia received emergency assistance from Australia's aid program in the past year, in response to escalating humanitarian need.
people in South-East Asia received emergency assistance in 2021-22.
women and girl survivors of violence received key services, including counselling in 2021-22.
women in the Pacific were supported to take on leadership roles at the community, provincial and national levels over the past 10-years.
people in the Pacific participated in awareness and education about ending violence against women and children through the Pacific Women program.
women and children were able to access crisis support services through the Pacific Women Lead Program
National Director Matt Darvas and Government Relations Office Eliza Palmer provide a breakdown of the latest federal budget.