WaterAid Australia has been working with some of the world’s poorest people for over 10 years. With your support, we have been helping them to improve their lives with access to safe water, toilets and hygiene education.

Watch this video which celebrated WaterAid Australia's 10th anniversary of working in developing countries.

Alexander Downer and Tony Kelly pouring water from water bottles into a bucket
Young girl from Timor Leste washing hands under tap
Tanzanian children washing their hands from water in bottles
Two swimmers standing in waist high waters with hands on hips
Australia politicians standing next to a giant toilet.
Nepalese woman standing in field holding a watering can.

WaterAid Australia was founded in 2004 in collaboration between the water industry and the international aid sector, and officially launched at Parliament House by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Alexander Downer, in 2005. Tony Kelly was WaterAid Australia’s Founding Chair.

We began funding projects in Papua New Guinea in 2004. And in Timor-Leste in 2005.

We had an annual operating budget of over $1 million by 2005.

WaterAid Australia became one of four founding members of WaterAid International, along with the United Kingdom, America and Sweden, in 2010. And now Canada and India have joined, with Japan to follow. We work together to help transform lives in developing countries.

We have supported water, sanitation and hygiene programs in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Malawi, Nepal, Mozambique and Tanzania with funding from the Australian government, since 2010.

Our institutional and philanthropic fundraising has grown to over $10 million annually. We have many committed corporate, foundation, community and individual supporters, as well as dynamic fundraising committees who run successful events including gala balls and golf days.

In the last ten years we have launched national campaigns to boost public awareness and government support for our work.

The Grant Hill Graduate Program was launched in honour of one of WaterAid’s founders in 2012 to provide young professionals with the opportunity to intern at WaterAid.

We employ approximately 30 full-time staff in Australia and 40 staff in the country programs we fund.

We established a country program in Cambodia in 2013, in the Solomon Islands in 2015 and in Myanmar in 2016.

We are working towards a world where everyone, everywhere has access to safe water and sanitation by 2030.