Change and continuity in Australian aid: what the aid flows show

By Terence Wood, Matthew Dornan and Sachini Muller

January 2021

Australian foreign aid has changed considerably in the last 20 years. This report examines the changing nature of Australian government aid through the lens of publicly available data on aid flows, which provide evidence of change and allow direct comparisons between Australia and other OECD Development Assistance Committee donors. These comparisons help highlight where Australian aid conforms with international norms of good giving, where Australia lags behind the global community, and where it is a global leader.

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Wood, T., Dornan, M. & Muller, S. 2021, ‘Change and continuity in Australian aid: what the aid flows show’, Report, Development Policy Centre, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University.

Ashlee Betteridge

Ashlee Betteridge was the Manager of the Development Policy Centre until April 2021. She was previously a Research Officer at the centre from 2013-2017. A former journalist, she holds a Master of Public Policy (Development Policy) from ANU and has development experience in Indonesia and Timor-Leste. She now works as a development consultant.