Australian Embassy

Development cooperation

Development cooperation 

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) 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)


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

The purpose of the DAP is to assist developing countries to reduce poverty and assist in sustainable development. Funding is available to organisation 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 Expressions of Interest for new DAP projects.

In 2018 – 19, the Australian Embassy offers DAP grants up to maximum of AUD60,000 per project with a maximum duration of 16 months.

International and local non-government organisations legally registered in Cambodia and private sector companies involved in community development are welcome to apply.

Organisations, institutions or companies applying DAP funding for the first time should provide proof of their recognition by the Cambodian authorities.

Application for DAP funding should address one or more of the following priorities:

  • Engaging and supporting Cambodian youth
  • Human rights, including gender equality and opportunities for minority groups
  • Civil society participation in public debate, and
  • Environmental management and sustainable development.

Proposals that focus on one or more of the following themes will be considered favourably:

  • Strengthen partnerships between Cambodia and Australia
  • Deepen learning and relationship building between Cambodia and other ASEAN* countries
  • Enhance the implementation of international norms to which Cambodia is a party
  • Strengthen Cambodian cultural and artistic institutions
  • Support women leaders; and
  • Leverage funding or in-kind support from other sources.

The Application Process

The DAP Guidelines outline eligibility criteria, the application process and answer a range of relevant questions on DAP. The DAP Guideline also contain the template for submitting an Expression of Interest.

Interested applicants must review the DAP Guidelines closely, then complete an Expression of Interest.  Expressions of Interest must be typed in English, must not deviate from the template or exceed the specified word limits.

Expression of Interests should be submitted to by 5pm, 5 October 2018.

Late applications will note be accepted.

Further information of the application process is found in the DAP Guidelines.

* Member of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) are:  Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.