Australia's foreign aid programmes are facing fresh scrutiny after an independent audit revealed transparency reporting has dropped significantly under the Coalition Government.
The foreign aid budget has fallen to its lowest level in eight years and the ABC reports experts have raised concerns about accountability and access to reports and results.
Researchers at the Australian National University's Development Policy Centre found publicly available information on aid projects had fallen by 25 percent since 2013.
This is despite the Foreign Minister Julie Bishop vowing to introduce more rigourous benchmarks for aid programmes that year.
The government said it remains firmly committed to the transparency of Australia's aid program and would continue to improve the availability of information.
Aid groups and policy think tanks have been calling for improved transparency for years, particularly in light of nearly a billion US dollars in aid cuts since 2014.