Part A: SDGs
Australia and the SDGs
The SDGs developed by the UN now guide the Australian aid program, which is administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The Australian government currently provides approximately $4 billion in development assistance each year. In keeping with the SDGs, Australian aid is delivered to assist countries with development in many areas, including infrastructure, agriculture, effective governance, education, health, disaster risk reduction and gender equality. In the 2015-2016 financial year, the eight countries receiving the highest amount of Australian assistance were, in order:
Eight countries receiving most Australian ODABudget Estimate
|Papua New Guinea||$477.3 million|
|Solomon Islands||$92.7 million|
|Timor Leste||$68 million|
The Government is not the only contributor to foreign aid. In 2016, the Australian Council for International Development claimed that 1.5 million Australians actively donate to aid and development charities. There are numerous such charities, or non-government organisations, including Care, Oxfam, Save the Children and World Vision and together they contribute approximately $1.5 billion to overseas aid each year. You can help too!