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Australia’s development program

The Australian Government's development policy Partnerships for Recovery — Australia’s COVID-19 Development Response and performance framework, outline Australia’s approach to tackling COVID-19 in our region, pivoting our development program to focus on the virus, together with our partners.

The need for change: re-shaping the development program

Partnerships for Recovery builds on work done on the previous new development policy. Through the strategy we will take a whole-of-government approach to address the impacts of the virus in our region, centring our efforts on issues of most critical importance: health security, stability, and economic recovery. Because how our neighbourhood emerges from this crisis will determine Australia’s own recovery for decades to come. Our economic and strategic recovery depends on borders reopening, global and regional trade resuming, and travel and tourism returning to our country, and region.

Where we work

COVID-19 has reinforced that Australia’s stability and prosperity is closely tied to that of our neighbours in the Indo-Pacific, so our ongoing efforts will focus on our nearest neighbours: the Pacific, Timor-Leste and Indonesia. These are the places we know best and where we can have most impact.

While we will concentrate on our near neighbourhood, effective global relief and recovery efforts will remain vital to Australia’s long-term interests, so we will continue to cooperate globally and as a partner of choice in response to COVID-19 to keep attention on the Indo-Pacific.

Australia knows that it is only by standing with our region that we will recover and prosper, together. Because a stable, secure and resilient Indo-Pacific is critical for us all. And our country’s future depends on it.

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