Australian Embassy

Development cooperation

Development cooperation 

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade  administers most of Australia’s overseas aid program. The objective of the aid program is to assist developing countries to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development, in line with Australia’s national interest.

The Cambodia country program focuses on three key objectives: (1) improving access to infrastructure; (2) increasing agricultural productivity; and (3) better health and education. Across all our programs we focus on inclusive participation, governance, women’s empowerment and disability.

More information on the Australian Government bilateral aid program in Cambodia can be found here.

The ASEAN and East Asia Regional aid program also has activities in Cambodia. More information on these programs can be found here.

The Direct Aid Program (DAP)


Key dates

  • 22 August: 2017/18 Australian Embassy DAP round opens 
  • 4 September 2017: Expressions of Interest deadline

The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a flexible, small grants program funded from Australia’s aid budget and managed by individual DFAT overseas posts. 

The overall purpose of the DAP is to assist developing countries to reduce poverty and assist in sustainable development. Funding is available to individuals, community groups and NGOs engaged in development activities on a not-for-profit basis.

Further information on DAP is found here.

The Australian Embassy in Phnom Penh is now calling for interested organisations to submit Expressions of Interest (EOI) for projects that will be undertaken in FY 2017 – 2018 and completed by March 2019.

DAP projects aim to achieve practical and tangible outcomes that contribute to poverty reduction. This includes activities related to:

  • Community health improvement
  • Agriculture development
  • Sustainable rural livelihood for income generation activities,
  • Disability inclusiveness
  • Small-scale infrastructure
  • Support for schools/education at community level
  • Youth development
  • Child protection
  • Ending violence against women
  • Gender equity
  • Human rights
  • Culture/ heritage preservation
  • Environmental issue (including climate change), and
  • Ad-hoc humanitarian responses.

In 2017/18, the Australian Embassy offers DAP grants up to maximum of AUD 45,000.

International and local non-government organisations or institutions legally registered in Cambodia or private sector who involves in community development are welcome to apply. Organisations or institutions applying for funding for the first time should provide proof of their recognition by the Cambodian authorities.

The Australian Embassy encourages applicants to review our DAP Guidelines carefully as there have been a number of changes. Applications which fail to follow the Guidelines will not be considered.

The Application Process

Applicants are asked to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI). Guidelines and an Expression of Interest form can be found here. Expressions of Interest forms must be typed in English and must not deviate from the template (Annex A of the Guidelines) or exceed the word limits specified.

EOIs should be submitted to the Australian Embassy at:


The deadline for submission of EOIs is no later than by 4 September 2017.

Shortlisted applicants will then be asked to provide a full proposal.