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The International Development Contractors’ Community (IDCC) welcomes the election of the new Government and its commitments to rebuilding Australia’s international development program and increasing Official Development Assistance. 

The IDCC congratulates Senator the Hon. Penny Wong on her appointment as Minister for Foreign Affairs, Pat Conroy MP on his appointment as Minister for Defence Industry, and Minister for International Development and the Pacific, and Tim Watts MP for his appointment as Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs.

The IDCC’s members will support the implementation of Australia’s reinvigorated agenda through the delivery of high quality, impactful aid programs that meet the Government’s objectives.

IDCC Board Chair Stuart Schaefer said:

‘We welcome the Government’s commitment to delivering the aid program through an appropriate balance of public sector, non-government organisations, and the private sector and its focus upon promoting accountability and aid effectiveness. 

Our members are active in all areas of Australia’s development assistance program and have essential skills and capabilities that can assist the delivery of the Government’s efforts.’

IDCC supports commitments that maximise the impact of Australia’s statecraft through combining the use of Australia’s diplomatic capability, defence and security cooperation, effective climate leadership, vital development assistance, humanitarian assistance, boosted Australian media outreach and increased people to people links strengthening our Pacific partnerships.

IDCC members welcome the Government’s commitment to prioritise Australia’s first nations culture and history in our contemporary foreign policy.  We look forward to working with the Government to implement this agenda as it takes shape.

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