Australia

Australia

Highlights

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Pledge for 2018-2020 replenishment:
AUD90,000,000
Share of 2018-2020 pledges:
3.86%
Total contributions to GPE:
US$397,743,115
Share of total contributions:
8,03%

Aid to education

In Australia, foreign aid policy is led by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, along with the Minister for International Development and the Pacific. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is in charge of development activities.

Australia’s education programs are guided by the “Strategy for Australia’s aid investment in education 2015-2020”.  

Investments in education focus on four strategic priorities:

  • Getting the foundations right: participating in early childhood development
  • Learning for all: improving learning outcomes and improving the quality of education
  • Universal participation: with a particular focus on including girls and children with disabilities
  • Skills for prosperity: improving access to high-quality, post-secondary education and training

In 2015, the top recipients of Australia’s aid to basic education were: Philippines, Bangladesh, Kiribati, and Lao PDR.

Australia and GPE

Julie Bishop, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Australia. Photo credit: Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Australia
The Global Partnership for Education is a valued partner in Australia’s efforts to improve regional education outcomes.
Julie Bishop
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Australia

Australia is the alternate Board member of the Donor 6 constituency on the GPE Board. Japan, Korea, and the United States are also members of this constituency. Australia also sits on the Strategy and Impact Committee.

Australia’s 2015-2020 education strategy highlights investment in the Global Partnership for Education, noting the importance of GPE supporting children in countries affected by fragility and conflict.

Last updated February 27, 2018