Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Australian Aid
The Australian Government's overseas aid program is a Federal Government funded program that reduces poverty in developing countries.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Australian Aid manages the program.
The Australian Government works with other governments, the United Nations, Australian companies and non-government organisations to design and set up projects which tackle the causes and consequences of poverty in developing counties.
Australian Government Response to the Syrian and Iraqi Humanitarian Crisis
On 9 September 2015, the Australian Government announced it will accept an additional 12,000 refugees who are fleeing the conflict in Syria and Iraq. The places will be primarily for refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.
The Refugee and Humanitarian Visa program is for people who are subject to persecution or substantial discrimination amounting to gross violation of human rights in their home country. This is a non-discriminatory program which provides support to those most in need, this includes women, children and families of persecuted minorities.
The Australian Government is committed to working closely with the UNCHR to deliver the 12,000 additional refugee places. If the UNHCR assesses that you are a refugee whose life and freedom depends on urgent resettlement, they may refer your case to the Australian Embassy.
If you have a family member who is an Australian citizen, permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen who has lived in Australia for a long time, they may sponsor you through the Special Humanitarian Program (SHP).
The SHP Visa is for people who are not refugees as defined in the Refugees Convention. It is for people who are subject to substantial discrimination amounting to gross violation of Human Rights and have close links to Australia. Applications for the SHP should be lodged in Australia.
Further information on Australia’s offshore humanitarian resettlement program can be found at the following link:
More information on whether someone is an ‘eligible New Zealand citizen’ can be found here:
A list of frequently asked questions can be found by clicking here.
Please continue to monitor this web page for further information as it becomes available.
Direct Aid Program (DAP) - Applications for 2016-17 are now open
The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a flexible, small grants scheme operating at 45 Australian posts funding projects in over 68 countries. DAP was designed to provide a flexible mechanism of support in the form of small grants for development activities. The emphasis of the program is on alleviating basic humanitarian hardships.
Further information and application forms can be found at .
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. For more information, please visit DFAT website.