Australian Representative Office

Development Cooperation


Development Cooperation 

The Australian Government’s aid program will promote prosperity, reduce poverty and enhance stability with a strengthened focus on our region, the Indo-Pacific.  The purpose of the aid program is to promote Australia’s national interests by contributing to sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction.  Australia’s Total Official Development Assistance to the Palestinian Territories is expected to be $42.8 million in 2015-16, supporting two key objectives:

  • Improved public financial management and a more competitive agricultural economy in the PTs; and
  • Palestinian refugees in the PTs and across the region are able to access quality basic services.

In 2014-15 Australian assistance contributed to the following key results:

  • helped enable 493,500 children to enrol in UNRWA schools;
  • provided over 9.5 million patient visits to UNRWA health facilities (60 per cent female) and achieved 99.3 per cent full immunization coverage for infants aged 18 months;
  • emergency food assistance to 767,633 refugees, ensuring that 142,613 families received food rations, after the conflict in Gaza in 2014;
  • total value of agricultural production facilitated by AMENCA 2 was more than $17 million while the percentage increase of income generated at the household level was 47 per cent.

Further information on Australian aid and the Australian Government’s development assistance in the Palestinian Territories can be found at:


The Direct Aid Program (DAP)

The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a flexible small grants program funded by the Australian Government in over 60 overseas missions. It has the flexibility to work with local communities in developing countries on projects that reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development consistent with Australia's national interest. For general information about DAP, please see

The Australian Representative Office (ARO) in Ramallah runs the DAP program in the Palestinian Territories. Detailed information about Ramallah’s DAP can be found in the Guidelines, available here. Please ensure you have read these guidelines prior to commencing your application.

Applications for the Australian Representative Office’s 2017-18 Direct Aid Program have closed.  


Development Scholarships - Palestinian Territories

Australia initiated its scholarship program to the Palestinian Territories in 2011 and offered 50 scholarships over 5 years (2011-16).

Award recipients were selected from key Ministries in the Palestinian Authority and Palestinian law schools following a selective process that attracted hundreds of applications. The scholarships focus on developing Palestinian capacity in the fields of public sector management, including public financial management, and agriculture/water resource management.

In line with the Australian Government’s strategy “Development for All” applicants with disability are encouraged to apply.

Gender balance is the priority for the Government of Australia; female candidates are encouraged to apply.

The scholarships program will open for applications on 1 February 2016.

Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR)

The Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR) was established by the Australian Government in January 2003, as an initiative to strengthen ties between Australia and Arab countries.

For more information, visit the CAAR website: