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Australia’s development program

Development sectors

Australia’s development program reports spending against key sectors. This follows similar reporting approaches used by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and other donors. We report annual development spending in Australia’s Official Development Assistance: Statistical Summary, which is available on our development and statistical information page.

The sectors are:

Agriculture, Trade and Other Production Sectors

2023-24 total Australian ODA (budget estimate)
$388.9 million
2022-23 total Australian ODA (budget estimate)
$375.3 million
2021-22 total Australian ODA (actual)
$357.0 million

Contributions to all directly productive sectors. Includes support to: agriculture, fishing and forestry; extractive and manufacturing industries; processing of food and other agricultural products; cottage industry and handicrafts; and trade and tourism.

Economic Infrastructure and Services

2023-24 total Australian ODA (budget estimate)
$539.5 million
2022-23 total Australian ODA (budget estimate)
$478.7 million
2021-22 total Australian ODA (actual)
$493.1 million

Assistance for networks, utilities and services that facilitate economic activity. Includes: production and distribution of energy; equipment or infrastructure for road, rail, water and air transport; banking and financial services; and business and other services.

Education

2023-24 total Australian ODA (budget estimate)
$577.7 million
2022-23 total Australian ODA (budget estimate)
$498.9 million
2021-22 total Australian ODA (actual)
$478.8 million

Includes basic education; secondary education; post-secondary education; and scholarships. Specialised education in particular fields, such as agriculture or energy, is reported against the sector concerned.

Governance

2023-24 total Australian ODA (budget estimate)
$1,098.0 million
2022-23 total Australian ODA (budget estimate)
$1,079.4 million
2021-22 total Australian ODA (actual)
$866.5 million

Investments supporting the stronger operation of the public sector and civil society. Includes public sector policy and management; public financial management; domestic revenue mobilisation; legal and judicial development; elections; media and free flow of information; human rights; ending violence against women and girls; social protection; employment creation; and housing policy, culture and recreation.

Health

2023-24 total Australian ODA (budget estimate)
$840.8 million
2022-23 total Australian ODA (budget estimate)
$917.1 million
2021-22 total Australian ODA (actual)
$1,020.4 million

Includes Investments in health policy; basic health, non-communicable diseases; population policies and reproductive health; social mitigation of HIV/AIDS; basic water supply and sanitation.

Humanitarian

2023-24 total Australian ODA (budget estimate)
$643.3 million
2022-23 total Australian ODA (budget estimate)
$639.1 million
2021-22 total Australian ODA (actual)
$656.7 million

Investments providing humanitarian assistance in response to emergencies, includes emergency and distress relief; emergency response; relief food aid; short-term reconstruction relief and rehabilitation; disaster prevention and preparedness.

Multisector and General Support

2023-24 total Australian ODA (budget estimate)
$680.0 million
2022-23 total Australian ODA (budget estimate)
$662.5 million
2021-22 total Australian ODA (actual)
$546.1 million

Support for projects which cut across sectors, including general environment protection; debt relief; research; and administrative costs not attributed to another sector.

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