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Southeast Asia Regional Development Cooperation Factsheet

May 2023

Estimated Australian ODA: 2023-24: $346.3m

Australian ODA to Southeast and East Asia 2021-22 Actual ($m)* 2022-23 Estimated Outcome ($m)* 2023-24 Budget Estimate ($m)*
Regional 161.6 183.7 210.9
Global/other 133.0 188.7 135.4
Other Government Departments 0.6 0.1 0.0
Total Aust. ODA to SEA 295.2 372.5 346.3

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

Australian ODA to Southeast and East Asia Regional by Sector Group, 2023-24 budget estimate.  13% Economic Infrastructure and Services. 8% Agriculture, Trade and Other Production Sectors. 16% Governance. 9% Education. 9% Health. 13% Humanitarian. 32% Multisector and General Development Support.

Australia shares a region and a future with Southeast Asia. We will work with our partners to sustain and protect the hard-won development gains of the nine ODA-eligible countries in the region.1

Strategic direction

Australia has a vision for a peaceful, prosperous and resilient Southeast Asia. Australia's development assistance advances our collective interests and tackles shared challenges – including climate change, advancing gender equality, inclusive, sustainable growth and fostering resilient communities. We are committed to upholding ASEAN centrality, including through our Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (CSP), and supporting the Mekong subregion.

Program highlights

  • Through Australia's Comprehensive Strategic Partnership with ASEAN, we provided 100 Aus4ASEAN scholarships to support emerging leaders to study in Australia in fields that advance the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific, including international law, trade, science and public health.
  • The Partnerships for Infrastructure (P4I) program helped secure more than $100 million in quality infrastructure financing for airport and cross-border facility projects to enhance connectivity in Southeast Asia.
  • The Mekong-Australia Partnership (MAP) supported environmental resilience in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam through technical assistance and training on climate adaptation and disaster resilience. A new partnership with the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) supports fish migration, river health and food security in the Mekong River Basin.
  • Investing in Women (IW) has stimulated $15.4 million of investment into 82 women-led businesses in the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar, and catalysed over $525 million of additional capital. The next phase of IW (2023-27) will build on these achievements to increase opportunities for women in the private sector.


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.

1Indonesia, Timor-Leste, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia

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