To say the last 12 months have been disappointing for the Australian aid sector is a gross understatement.
The Australian Government’s May Federal Budget delivered the biggest single-year cut to foreign aid in Australia’s history, a move that has undoubtedly hurt the country’s international reputation. The Budget revealed $1 billion--20 per cent of Australia’s current foreign aid budget--would be cut, bringing the total cuts to the aid program since the Abbott Government was elected in 2013 to $11.3 billion.
Australia’s aid budget is now the weakest in history.
The scale and immediacy of the cuts has forced Australia to break commitments made to partner governments and organisations all around the world and will lead to untold harm to millions of families and communities that Australian aid previously reached. Caught up in the Budget cuts is funding for the Vision 2020 Australia Global Consortium.
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