Total Australian Official Development Assistance (ODA) in 2011-12 is estimated at $4.8 billion, this is equivalent to 0.35 per cent of Gross National Income (GNI).
New aid funding in the 2011-12 Budget will implement the Government’s 2010 election commitments for the aid program on:
· improving access to education,
· better maternal health for women and children,
· access to water and sanitation,
· tackling avoidable blindness,
· eliminating violence against women, and
· Australian volunteers.
In 2011-12 around 89 per cent, of Australia’s aid will be delivered through AusAID, the remainder will be delivered through other Australian government agencies, such as the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.
Around half of
Assistance in the education, health and economic growth sectors is expected to comprise more than half of Australian aid expenditure in 2011-12.
AusAID’s humanitarian and emergency related expenditure is estimated to increase to $325.0 million in 2011–12. This will support the United Nations, Red Cross, and other international and Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) to meet humanitarian needs in Asia and the Pacific,