Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade


The purpose of Australia’s aid program is to promote Australia’s national interests by contributing to sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) implements the aid program which focusses on two development outcomes: supporting private sector development and strengthening human development. Education as a key aspect of human development, is critical to improving livelihoods, enabling poor people to participate in the economy and lifting living standards. Australia has joined RISE to support the use of high quality, locally driven and owned research to build greater understanding of education systems and how they can transform to significantly improve learning. Australia’s investment in RISE ensures part of the research is conducted in the Indo-Pacific region.