Terms of Reference

Inquiry into the strategic effectiveness and outcomes of Australia’s aid program in the Indo-Pacific and its role in supporting Australia's regional interests

The Committee shall inquire into the implementation and efficacy of:


  • increased private sector and trade development outcomes;
  • increased emphasis on outcomes for women and girls; and
  • innovation in Australia's aid program.

This follows the introduction of Australia's aid policy Australian aid: promoting prosperity, reducing poverty, enhancing stability and the aid performance framework, Making Performance Count: enhancing the accountability and effectiveness of Australian aid in 2014.


The Committee will have specific regard to the role, implementation, efficacy, impact, outcomes and/or evaluation of:


  • Australia's aid program in terms of strategic and development goals;
  • the role Australia's aid program plays in building influence as a trusted development partner;
  • Australia's aid program in fostering confidence, stability, sustainability, capacity, community-determined goals and best outcomes, particularly by utilising local procurement and smaller/local entities;
  • innovation in Australia's aid program through the innovationXchange;
  • the Aid for Trade program, including a re-examination of the target percentage;
  • the role and integration of cooperation chapters in free trade agreements;
  • increasing the participation and engagement of women in private sector development opportunities;
  • business partnerships, social enterprise and community investment in delivering development outcomes, with a focus on local entities; and
  • the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) in delivering development outcomes, particularly with regard to the linkages between food security, biosecurity and national security issues.

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade
PO Box 6021
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 2313

About this inquiry

This inquiry lapsed when the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade ceased to exist at the dissolution of the House of Representatives on Thursday 11 April 2019.

Past Public Hearings

15 Nov 2018: Canberra
04 Sep 2018: Brisbane
10 Aug 2018: Melbourne


Inquiry Status

Inquiry lapsed


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