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Australia Increases Aid – Help Make It Permanent!

On 31 October, the Government announced that it would increase Australia’s official development assistance [international aid] program by $500 million over the next three years to help Pacific and south-east Asian countries immunise their entire populations against COVID-19.

INF Australia welcomes this welcome and long-overdue initiative. It will help to save lives and build a sustainable recovery from the global pandemic. It is also the first planned increase in Australia’s aid program since 2013 when the Coalition first came to office.

INF Australia worked with Nepalese-Australian community organisations, as well as other international aid NGOs, to lobby the Government to maintain Australia’s bilateral aid to Nepal during the October Budget. Many INF Australia supporters also spoke up and signed a petition to the Foreign Minister.

Please join us in writing a letter or email to the Foreign Minister and to your own MP, thanking them for supporting aid to Nepal and urging them to make this increase in Australia’s international development cooperation permanent.

You can read the Foreign Minister’s media release here.
Read more about the story here.

Read INF Australia’s letter to the Foreign Minister


Speak up for Australian Aid

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Australia has increased international development assistance [aid] in real terms for the first time in seven years.

Now is the perfect time to thank the Government for this welcome and generous announcement and to call on them to make this increase permanent.

Please use these resources to write to / email the Foreign Minister.

Please email the Foreign Minister, The Hon. Marise Payne or write to her [Senator The Hon. Marise Payne, Minister for Foreign Affairs, PO Box 1420, Parramatta, NSW 2147]

  • Let her know that you support a generous and effective aid program that helps communities overcome poverty. Share why this matters to you.
  • Thank her for her Government’s commitment to maintain aid to Nepal and ask her to increase that in future years.
  • Commend her for the Government’s increase to aid and commitment to support COVID-19 vaccination efforts across the Pacific.
  • Tell her that you believe this increase should be made permanent and used as a foundation to build a more generous aid program.

Write to your local MP as well to let them know that you support increasing Australia’s aid program. Find the contact details of your local MP here.