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 scheme for development activities managed by Heads of Australian Missions in approximately 45 countries. The emphasis of the program is on alleviating basic humanitarian hardships.

We are now seeking applications for DAP funding in 2015-16. Applications will close on 14 February 2016.

For further information on the program and how to apply, visit DAP Guidelines and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website:

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.

Applications are invited under the CAAR Grants Programs from 1 February 2016. For more information, visit the CAAR website: