AusAID is the Australian Government agency responsible for managing Australia's overseas aid program. The objective of the aid program is to assist developing countries reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development, in line with Australia's national interest.

Australian Scholarships for Africa Program
The Australian Government has committed to increasing engagement with Africa through enhanced trade and commercial linkages, strengthened diplomatic relations and increased development assistance. The expanded Australian Scholarships for Africa program will enable Australia to leverage its knowledge, expertise, educational facilities and research capabilities in these fields to build Africa’s capacity to achieve the MDGs.

Australia Africa Fellowships (AAF) Program
Through the AAF program, the Australian Government seeks to provide African managers and practitioners with access to Australian-standard educational, training or professional development opportunities which better equip them to develop and apply sound policy and practice in their field of expertise. At the same time, the AAF Program offers Australian organisations, in priority sectors, the opportunity to deepen and broaden their links with leaders and professionals in eligible countries.

The Faculty of Education and Arts (FEDUA), University of Newcastle (UoN) was successful in receiving grants for 11 Fellows whose focus will be on reform of TVET systems.

The Fellows have been nominated by partner governments in Africa for participation in Professional Attachment Fellowships: where emphasis is placed on intensive management training, peer-to-peer learning, short-term training, knowledge sharing, twinning, professional attachments, leadership and/or executive management training.

The Faculty of Education & Arts (FEDUA) has recently signed an MOU with TAFE NSW Hunter Institute to co-operate on joint projects and maximize pathways and outcomes for international students and the Fellows will be undertaking a professional placement at Hunter Institute as part of their Fellowship Program when they visit Australia in September.