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)


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 will be calling in September for interested organisations to submit Expressions of Interest (EOI) for new DAP projects.

For 2018/19, the Australian Embassy offers DAP grants up to maximum of AUD 60,000.

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

When the 2018-19 round opens, applicants are asked to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI). Guidelines and an Expression of Interest form will be available later. 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:


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

** Please note EOI can not be accepted until the official launch of the DAP launch in September.