Donor scores: Australia

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Australia moved up one position in the HRI ranking this year, from 11th to 10th. Overall, Australia’s scores in qualitative (survey) indicators fell in comparison to its peers, but it was still among the donors rated above the overall average. Improvements in several of the quantitative indicators were enough for it to climb one position. It performed best this year on Pillars 4 (Protection and International Law) and 5 (Learning and accountability), in which it ranked 5th and 6th respectively. It received its lowest ranking in Pillar 1 (Responding to needs) and Pillar 3 (Working with humanitarian partners), coming in at 12th and 13th respectively. In terms of generosity and burden sharing, Australia ranks 10th in comparison to its peers, based on volume of humanitarian assistance in proportion to GNI.

Compared with its peers, Australia ranked well in HRI indicators around the timeliness of funding to sudden onset disasters, equitable distribution of funding in accordance to needs and commitment to good practice. Australia also ranked above average in indicators around protection, accountability towards affected populations, implementation of refugee law and coordination. Australia’s lowest rankings by indicator were around the provision of long-term funding, where it ranked 20th among the donors, equitable distribution of funding to different crisis countries and funding to NGOs.

In terms of performance by crisis, Australia generally scored slightly above the overall donor average in all crises studied, with slightly above average survey scores in Sri Lanka, Timor Leste and Myanmar, but below average in DRC and the occupied Palestinian Territories.

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