Australian High Commission
Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, eSwatini

Development Cooperation in Africa

The Australian aid program

The Australian Government's aid program aims to reduce poverty and contribute to sustainable economic growth in developing countries. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade manages the Australian aid program.

Australia's development assistance to Africa

Australia's development assistance to Africa

Australia Awards, a cornerstone of the Australian Government’s development assistance program for Africa, provide access to postgraduate education, training and professional development opportunities for suitably qualified Africans from eligible countries.

Currently, Australia Awards–Africa has paused most activities due to the restrictions and uncertainty of international travel to Australia and around Africa. We are not accepting new applications for scholarships at this time. 


Australia Awards in Africa

Small grants - Direct Aid Program


The DAP is a small-grants scheme which aims to support non-profit organisations working in local communities on activities which support sustainable and equitable development.

The Australian High Commission in Pretoria disburses DAP funding to projects in Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa.

The DAP supports community groups, international and Australian NGOs and other civil society organisations that are lawfully operating in these countries.


In the current Australian financial year (1 July 2022 to 30 June 2023), the High Commission will run a closed DAP funding round.

This means we will invite organisations to submit an application for DAP funding. The High Commission will not open for an Expression of Interest round for the 2022-2023 financial year.  Please do not send an unsolicited application.  

If you have any questions about the DAP for 2022-2023, please email [email protected].  

Important note: DAP program and application requirements can change from year-to-year. Please do not rely on information that does not appear on this website or that you did not receive directly from the High Commission.

Australian Volunteers Program

The Australian Volunteers Program is an Australian Government initiative. It matches a broad range of skilled Australians with partner organisations to support them to achieve their own development goals. Over the next five years, the program aims to:

  • Support our partners to achieve their own development goals
  • Promote professional and personal growth in our volunteers
  • Increase the appreciation of the value of volunteering in Australia and overseas

Australian Volunteers Program