Smith told the parliament that the Australian government was deeply concerned about violence in the war-torn African country and the targeted violence against civilians.
But he ruled out of sending troops to Congo, saying "it is not, in the government's view, appropriate to make a military or a peacekeeping contribution in terms of boots on the ground".
Instead, Australia will donate another 4 million dollars in aid, making the total aid to Congo up to 5 million dollars (3.3 million U.S. dollars).
According to Smith, of the 4 million dollars announced today, 3 million dollars will go to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, UNICEF and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. The other will go to Australian non-government organizations who have a presence in Africa.
At least 250,000 people have been displaced in Congo by recent unrest.