Bishop Says AusAID Abolition Heralds Alignment Of Foreign, Trade And Development Policies

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, says the integration of AusAID with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade marks “a significant milestone for Australia’s international engagement.

BishopUnder the Abbott government’s new administrative arrangements, AusAID is abolished as of today and responsibility for foreign aid returns to the department.

AusAID was established in 1974 by the Whitlam government as the Australian Development Assistance Agency. It underwent a number of name changes until the Keating government settled on AusAID in 1995.

In a statement today, Bishop said: “DFAT is now responsible for development policy and the delivery of Australia’s aid program. The outcome of this major change will be the alignment of Australia’s foreign, trade and development policies and programs in a coherent, effective and efficient way.”

Statement from Julie Bishop, Minister for Foreign Affairs.

A new era in diplomacy

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said the integration of AusAID with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) on 1 November marked a significant milestone for Australia’s international engagement.

“DFAT is now responsible for development policy and the delivery of Australia’s aid program. The outcome of this major change will be the alignment of Australia’s foreign, trade and development policies and programs in a coherent, effective and efficient way,” Ms Bishop said.

“Australia has a quality aid program, which is well regarded internationally and valued by our development partners,” she said.

Ms Bishop expressed the Government’s appreciation for the dedication and professionalism of staff joining DFAT from AusAID, who have made a strong and valuable contribution to the aid program.

“Integration will enable us to build an even more effective aid program. It will promote Australia’s national interests, through contributing to international economic growth and poverty reduction, and support Australia’s foreign and trade policy.”

“Integration will also strengthen economic diplomacy as the centre of Australia’s international engagement, drawing together our foreign, trade and development policies and diplomatic resources to deliver greater prosperity for Australia and our partner countries in the region and globally,” Ms Bishop said.

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