The global battle to reduce disaster losses by 2030 will be won or lost in Asia and the Pacific. Australia’s leadership is key to this effort and will be on full display when it hosts the next Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in 2020.

Australia’s support to PNG’s APEC will benefit regional economic integration and commitment to trade in the region. It will also facilitate stronger partnerships for economic growth, security, and relationships between the people of our region.

The International Day of the Girl Child 2018 respectfully draws attention for the need to support today’s generation of girls as they enter the world of work, both in terms of education and skills, and the human right to protection from discrimination and violence.

Australia Awards scholars sitting on the steps of the new science building at Australian National University Canberra

The Australia Awards Global Tracer Facility was established to better understand the long-term outcomes for alumni and conduct ongoing monitoring and evaluation to ensure continued effectiveness of the program. The Facility recently collected data from over 1,000 alumni from 36 different countries, who had completed an Australia Awards or predecessor scholarship in Australia between 1996 and 2005. The latest survey reveals that many alumni are now senior leaders, sharing their skills and knowledge with colleagues, and contributing to the sustainable development of their countries.

 By Sheena Graham, Development Policy Division This year I have the privilege of being an “Ambassador” for the 2018 World Indigenous Business Forum where my multiple identities converge. It starts with my family. When my grandmother was a small child, she was designated a half-caste because she had an Aboriginal mother and an Italian father. […]

These images highlight the work of everyday Australians doing extraordinary things to help those in need around the world. These Australians represent the best of us. They are the most visible aspect of Australia’s humanitarian contribution.

Local people are best placed to help their own communities in times of crisis. Australia works with a range of international NGOs and national Red Cross societies to engage with and empower local people. We also partner with grass roots organisations such as women’s groups to ensure Australian assistance is targeted to those that need it most.