Australian aid: transforming lives

Australian aid has helped millions of people across the world to break down the barriers that held them in a cycle of poverty. Join Caritas Australia and a movement of people who want the proud tradition of Australian aid to continue.

Australian aid has been life-changing

Australia has been a global leader in the movement to end extreme poverty. Last year alone, Australian aid helped provide access to safe drinking water for 2.9 million more people, enable 1.4 million more children to enrol in school and enabled the presence of a skilled birth attendant at nearly 900,000 additional births.[1] Australian Aid has helped improve gender equality, improve governance and build economic development.

Australia responded to emergencies in 24 countries last year, including Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and flooding in the Solomon Islands, provided life-saving assistance to 10.2 million people.

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What’s happening to Australian aid?

In 2014, the government cut the Australian aid program by a staggering $11.3 billion over four years. These cuts are devastating for people in the world’s most vulnerable communities.  The cuts take Australian aid to its lowest level in six decades. We will now be one of the least equitable contributors amongst other OECD countries.

Are you for Australian aid?

Join Caritas Australia and a growing movement of Australians who see Australian aid as a reflection of our sense of fairness and justice, and who are campaigning for the government to maintain Australia’s commitment to aid.

Caritas Australia is working through our own channels and also in coalition with many like-minded NGOs and individuals as part of the Campaign for Australian Aid.

The Campaign for Australian Aid is a joint initiative of the Make Poverty History and Micah Challenge coalitions, for all Australians who believe we can and should do more as a nation to end extreme poverty around the world. 

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[1] Data on this page come from Performance of Australian Aid 2013–14, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, February 2015.

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Aspire not to have more, but to be more.These words of Oscar Romero inspire Caritas Australia’s campaigns. Archbishop Romero was a Caritas partner in El Salvador who lived Catholic Social Teaching without compromise and paid the ultimate price.