In response to humanitarian crises and disasters abroad, the Federal Government can provide funds from the Foreign Disaster Fund for humanitarian aid measures. The fund is endowed with EUR 20 million a year and is administered by the Foreign Ministry. The Council of Ministers decides on the allocation of funds in each individual case.

Funds are allocated for coping directly with the crisis situation and for rehabilitation and reconstruction measures. They are mostly issued via the Austrian Development Agency or the Foreign Ministry itself to international organisations or Austrian non-governmental organisations.