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Australia’s Official Development Assistance: Statistical Summary 2018-19

Australian aid

This report, Australia's Official Development Assistance: Statistical Summary, 2018-19, presents statistical details of Australia's development cooperation and reflects government priorities for 2018-19 with partner countries, multilateral and bilateral development agencies, civil society organisations and the private sector. It provides a range of information at the aggregate level of where Australia's aid program was delivered and the type of aid delivered.

The current release continues on from the previous issue, presenting all official development assistance (ODA) provided by Australia to developing countries.

This report complements other reporting of the Australian aid program. Users may wish to refer to the following publications which can be downloaded from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) website:

  • Foreign Affairs and Trade Portfolio Budget Statements.
  • Australian Aid Budget Summary.
  • Annual Report: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
  • Performance of Australian Aid Report.

Changes in this issue

Changes in this issue from the previous version include:

  • Removal of the Environment table (previously table 10)
  • Climate finance is significantly higher than in previous years because multilateral payments were brought forward from 2019-20 and 2020-21, and Australia counts a portion of these core contributions to multilaterals as climate finance.
  • Changes in methodology for compilation of data for the following tables:
    • Gender Equality – Table 13 - The methodology used to compile gender data has been revised to align with the OECD DAC's minimum requirements for the gender policy marker. In February 2016, the OECD-DAC launched Minimum Recommended Criteria for applying the DAC gender maker, with the aim of creating comparability across how donors identify their expenditure on gender equality. The criteria require expenditure to have explicit gender equality objectives, be informed by gender analysis, take a Do No Harm approach, and address and measure progress towards gender equality. As such, there is a break in series from 2018-19 and earlier periods and users are advised to exercise caution when presenting gender data. For further details refer to Appendix 2 – Concepts and Definitions, paragraphs 28 to 31.
    • Maternal Child Health - Table 18 – The methodology used to compile Maternal and Child Health data has been revised to align with the Muskoka2 method. As such, there is a break in series from 2018-19 and earlier periods and users are advised to exercise caution when presenting maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) data. For further details refer to Appendix 2 – Concepts and Definitions, paragraphs 36 to 39.

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