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Development assistance in the Pacific

Overview of Australia’s aid program to the Pacific

Enduring partners

2019-20 total Australian ODA [budget estimate]
$1381.4 million

2018-19 Total Australian ODA Estimated Outcome
$1.3 billion

2017-18 Total Australian ODA Estimate
$1,097.8 million

On 30 September 2015, DFAT published nine Aid Investment Plans for the Pacific (eight bilateral and one regional). These plans set out the strategic priorities, implementation approach and performance indicators for Australia's aid program in the Pacific through to 2019.

In support of these plans, DFAT is currently negotiating bilateral Aid Partnership Arrangements, incorporating agreed priorities and mutual obligations.

We have signed 11 partnerships with the governments of:

  • PNG (March 2016)
  • Tonga (September 2016)
  • Samoa (December 2016)
  • Vanuatu (December 2016)
  • Nauru (April 2017)
  • Solomon Islands (June 2017)
  • Tuvalu (March 2018)
  • Federated States of Micronesia (June 2018)
  • Republic of Palau (June 2018)
  • Republic of the Marshall Islands (June 2018)
  • Kiribati (September 2018).

Papua New Guinea remains our largest bilateral program in 2018-19 at $572.2 million, followed by Solomon Islands ($187 million), Vanuatu ($62.3 million) and Fiji (58.1 million). We also have substantial bilateral programs with Samoa, Tonga, Kiribati, Nauru and other Pacific Island countries. For details please refer to our country specific pages.

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