Australia’s main opposition party promises A$1.6 billion additional development assistance spending over 4 years
If it wins the upcoming federal election on May 18, 2019, the opposition Australian Labor Party has indicated it would increase official development assistance (ODA) spending by A$30 million (US$22 million) in fiscal year (FY) 2019-20, A$220 million (US$164 million) in FY2020-21, A$410 million (US$305 million) in FY2021-22, and A$520 million (US$387 million) in 2022-23. The Labor Party would also provide an extra A$380 million (US$283 million) to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) over four years.
This amounts to an additional A$1.6 billion (US$1.2 billion) in ODA spending over the current government's budget planning. The current Australian ODA budget for FY2019-20, released in April 2019, is set at A$4 billion (US$3.1 billion).