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11 things you should know about the $11 billion cut from Australian aid


1) The biggest cuts ever to the Australian aid program

In 2016/17 aid will be 33% less than it was relative to 2012/13.

2) The least generous we’ve ever been

By 2017/18 Australian aid will be¬†0.22% of Gross National Income, down from¬†0.34%¬†in 2012/13 and the lowest it’s ever been.

3) We’ll be spending just 22 cents out of every $100 we earn

Imagine our GNI is 10,000 supporters at a football match. Our aid contribution will be just 22 of those 10,000 football supporters.

4) We’ve never been further from keeping our promise of 0.7%

0.7 refers to the repeated commitment of the world’s governments (including Australia) to commit 0.7% of rich-countries’ GNI to Official Development Assistance.¬†First pledged 44 years ago in a 1970 General Assembly Resolution, the 0.7 target has been affirmed in many international agreements over the years.

5) Australian won’t be pulling its weight compared with other nations

By 2016 Australia will be¬†one of the least generous developed countries in the OECD ‚Äď falling from 13 out of 28 countries to 19.¬†¬†We are likely to then rank below almost every Western European country, Canada and New Zealand.

6) The human impact will be devastating

These cuts will substantially impact millions of people who rely on Australia’s assistance to move from poverty to opportunity.  Given the measured impact of Australian aid in 2013-14, they could result in all the following impacts:

  • 1.4 million children could be born without a birth attendant, and
  • 2.2 million children may not get to enrol in school, and
  • 3.7 million children may not be vaccinated, and
  • 4.7 million people may not get access to safe water, and
  • 21.9 million people in emergency situations may go unassisted, and
  • significant loss of impact in other areas of aid.

7) It will be more difficult to respond to disasters such as the Boxing Day Tsunami

The cuts to aid diminishes our capacity to respond to major emergencies such as the Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004.  Last year Australia responded to emergencies in 24 countries including Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and flooding in Solomon Islands, and gave life-saving assistance to 13.7 million people.

8) It could make Australia less safe

The 0.7 target has been recognised as a vital step towards promoting international and national security and stability. For example, the Report of the Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on¬†Threats, Challenges, and Change.

9) It could weaken our economy and job creation

Aid plays a role in economic transformation and helping nations to transform into sustainable economies.  Countries that were once aid recipients are now major trading partners for Australia Рhelping generate jobs and income here in Australia.

10) It will weaken our position on the world stage

Australian aid is one of our greatest national accomplishments. Cutting aid substantially damages Australia’s image as an influential middle power on the world stage.

11) Aid is working

In the last 20 years, humanity has made great progress in shaping a more just world. For example, in 1990, an estimated 12.7‚ÄČmillion children around the world died before age 5. In 2013, the figure was 6.3‚ÄČmillion. That is 6.4 million fewer deaths each year or a halving in child deaths. ¬†About half of these gains came from reductions in pneumonia, diarrhea and measles ‚ÄĒ diseases addressed by vaccination and other cost effective strategies.


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6 – Source: These figures are based on the Australian Government’s summary of its recent aid impact from Appendix 5 of the the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Annual Report 2013 ‚Äď 2014. Our calculations take into account likely effects of inflation and a drop in the USD/AUD exchange rate over the next four years.

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