An update about the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has been allocated an estimated budget of $39.6 million for the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program in 2015-16. This is a reduction from funding in 2014-15.
It is our first priority to ensure that volunteers currently in the field are able to complete their assignments. We are also committed to deploying volunteers who have been selected for assignments in 2014-15.
AVI is currently working closely with DFAT to explore how this budget reduction may affect the number and locations of new volunteers who are able to be deployed in 2015-16. Until this process is finalised, DFAT has instructed the three AVID implementing partners (Australian Volunteers International, Scope Global and the Australian Red Cross) to delay the recruitment and mobilisation of new volunteers for 2015-16.
DFAT is also exploring how the reduction may affect the number of new volunteers who are able to be deployed in 2015-16.
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