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 $43 million in 2018-19, 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 2016-17 Australian assistance contributed to the following results:

  • Australian funding to UNRWA contributed to universal primary education for more than half a million Palestinian refugee children (half of whom were girls), a 99 per cent vaccination rate for infants, over 8.5 million patient visits at UNRWA health care facilities, social safety net assistance (cash and food) to over 254,000 people and micro loans to over 39,000 people.
  • Humanitarian assistance was provided through UNRWA to over 1.4 million Palestinian refugees, primarily in the West Bank, Gaza and Syria.
  • More than 113,000 students in 308 schools were taught about the importance of good hygiene from a new manual developed by UNICEF and the PA Ministry of Education.
  • The AMENCA 3 program brokered deals for dairy and grape producers, opening up new markets.
  • Australia provided ten Australia Awards scholarships to the Palestinian Territtories which helped build public sector management skills within the PA and agricultural development.
  • Australian funding to the UN Office for Project Services for the Access Coordination Unit and the Materials Monitoring Unit facilitated access for humanitarian agencies across the PTs, and goods and services to help the Gaza reconstruction efforts.
  • Australian support to small civil society projects in the PTs under the Australia-NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) helped vulnerable women accessing business and skills training and empowering them, and mothers and children developing better preventative practices for hygiene related diseases.


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 100 countries. 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.


Development Scholarships - Palestinian Territories

Australia initiated its scholarship program to the Palestinian Territories in 2011 and offers up to ten Masters-level scholarships each year.

Award recipients are selected from key Ministries in the Palestinian Authority and from civil society and Universities following a selective process that attracts 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 a priority for the Government of Australia; female candidates are encouraged to apply.

The scholarships program  opens for applications in February each year.

The closing date for applications for this year has been extended until 30 June 2020.


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: