Australia Overall Performance
Australia ranked 10th in the HRI 2011, improving three positions from last year. Based on the pattern of its scores, Australia is classified as a Group 3 donor. Donors in this group tend to perform below average in all pillars, with the exception of Pillars 1 (Responding to needs) and 2 (Prevention, risk reduction and recovery), where they score close to average. Other donors in the group include Belgium, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, and Spain. Australia’s overall score was below the OECD/DAC average, yet above the Group 3 average. Australia scored above the OECD/DAC and Group 3 average in most pillars, with the exception of Pillars 1 and 3 (Working with humanitarian partners).
In Pillar 1, Australia scored below both the OECD/ DAC and Group 3 averages and in Pillar 3, Australia received its lowest score – below the OECD/DAC average, yet above the Group 3 average. Australia did best compared to its OECD/DAC peers in indicators on Funding reconstruction and prevention, Participating in accountability initiatives, Refugee law, and Funding protection of civilians. With the exception of the latter, Australia’s relative strengths are concentrated in quantitative indicators. Its scores were relatively the lowest in the indicators on Advocacy towards local authorities, Implementing evaluation recommendations, Adapting to changing needs, Funding vulnerable and forgotten emergencies and Beneficiary participation – all qualitative indicators except for Funding vulnerable and forgotten emergencies.