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Palestinian Territories

Palestinian Territories Development Cooperation Factsheet

June 2023

Estimated Australian ODA: 2023-24: $32.2 mil
Gross National Income Per Capita: US4,220 (2021)
Population: 4.9 mil (2021)

Australian ODA 2020-21 Actual ($m)* 2022-23 Budget Estimate ($m)* 2023-24 Budget Estimate ($m)*
Country Programs 17.6 17.1 20.0
Regional 1.1 0.4 1.1
Global 11.7 11.2 11.1
Total Aust. ODA to PTs 29.2 28.7 32.2

*Due to rounding, discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items in totals.

Australian ODA to Palestinian Territories by Sector Group 2023-24 Budget Estimate. 0% Economic Infrastructure and Services. 0% Agriculture, Trade and Other Production Sectors. 0% Governance. 5% Education. 3% Health. 92% Humanitarian. 0% Multisector and General Development Support.

The Palestinian Territories (PTs), consisting of the West Bank and Gaza, is one of the poorest regions in the Middle East. Australia's development cooperation is a tangible demonstration of our longstanding support for the Middle East peace process.

Australia has a long history of supporting Palestinians.  Our development cooperation focuses on inclusive economic growth and basic services for refugees.

Strategic direction

Australia's development assistance to the Palestinian Territories and to Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan and Syria, reflects and responds to humanitarian and development needs, and supports Australia's interest in a stable, secure Middle East.

Program highlights

  • Through our partnership with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), over the last year, Australia's support has contributed to:
    • the delivery of over seven million primary health care consultations
    • food and nutritional support to over 1.1'million refugees in Gaza
    • education for almost 545,000 children.
  • Through our partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross, Australia supported water, electricity and sanitation activities impacting 1.75'million people, and 3,374 people with disabilities were supported with physical rehabilitation and integration into society.
  • The Australia Awards program provided new scholarships, and support for scholars who remained in Australia to complete their studies during the pandemic.


Priority Sustainable Development Goals
Goal 1, No poverty.
Goal 3, Good Health and Wellbeing.
Goal 4, Quality Education. 
Goal 5, Gender Equality.
Goal 8, Decent Work and Economic Growth.
Goal 9, Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure.
Goal 10, Reduced inequalities.
Goal 11, Sustainable cities and communities.
Goal 13, Climate Action. 
Goal 17, Partnerships for the goals.
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