Key Partners

Australian Government

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is the Australian Government agency responsible for managing Australia's overseas aid program. DFAT reports to the Minister for Foreign Affairs. DFAT’s role is to advance the interests of Australia and Australians internationally. This includes delivering an effective and high quality aid programme.

The fundamental purpose of Australian aid is to help people overcome poverty. Involvement in international aid also promotes stability and prosperity in Australia’s region and beyond. DFAT focuses its efforts in areas where Australia can make a difference and where resources can most effectively and efficiently be deployed.

DFAT provides advice and support to the Minister for Foreign Affairs on development policy, and plans and coordinates poverty-reducing activities in partnership with developing countries. DFAT leads and coordinates Australia’s responses to humanitarian disasters and represents Australia in international development forums.