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Australia Assists Mid-Term Review

Summary of publication

The purpose of this independent Mid-Term Review (MTR) of Australia Assists was to assess the program’s appropriateness, effectiveness and efficiency.

Australia Assists commenced in October 2017, deploying Australian specialists to work with governments, multilateral agencies and communities to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters and conflict. Australia Assists replaced the former Australian Civilian Corps (ACC), which concluded its final deployments in December 2017. Australia Assists forms an integrated deployable civilian capability, building on the strengths of the ACC and RedR Australia (RedR) as a UN Standby Partner.

Key Messages

  • The MTR has assessed that over a relatively short period since commencement, DFAT and RedR have successfully integrated ACC and RedR under Australia Assists.
  • Australia Assists has provided high-quality deployments and helped governments respond to disasters and conflicts.
  • Australia Assists has made significant contributions to key protracted crises, including the Rohingya and Syria crises.
  • The Australia Assists model combines surge support with longer-term deployments that will help support system strengthening and resilience in the Pacific.

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