The Australian Government will provide around 150.4 million AUD (3.2 trillion VND) in official development aid to Vietnam for the 2012-2013 fiscal year.

The Australian embassy in Hanoi said on May 9 that with this ODA, Vietnam has become Australia ’s fifth largest bilateral ODA recipient.

The Australian Government’s aid programme in Vietnam , which is under the management of the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), focuses on five priority fields, namely human resource development, infrastructure development, reduction of negative impacts of climate change, increasing community health through safe water and sanitation, and assistance with economic reform.

In the 2012-2013 fiscal year, Australia will assist Vietnam in helping poor districts of the country gain access to safe water and sanitation, roads and key economic regions and complete the design of Cao Lanh bridge in the Mekong delta.

Also in 2013, Australia will provide 245 scholarships to Vietnamese students.-VNA