Boosting Australian Development Assistance to the Pacific

Labor will increase Australian Official Development Assistance to Pacific countries by $525 million over the four years from 2022-23.

The new funding will support Australian bilateral and regional aid and development projects in Pacific countries and Timor-Leste.

It will be used both to expand existing projects and to develop new projects. Specific aid projects will be developed, designed and implemented in consultation and partnership with Pacific governments, civil society and communities.

Pacific aid projects will support economic growth, health, education, water, sanitation and hygiene needs, climate change adaptation and resilience, gender equality and support for people with disability.

Labor’s $525 million increase over four years will increase ODA to the Pacific by around 5 per cent in 2022-23, 6 per cent in 2023-24, 8 per cent in 2024-25 and 9 per cent in 2025-26.