Overview of Australia's aid program to Fiji

How we are helping

2016-17 Total Australian ODA Estimated Outcome
$76.7 million

2017-18 Bilateral Budget Estimate
$40.4 million

2017-18 Total Australian ODA Estimate
$65.6 million

Australia and Fiji have an enduring relationship, underpinned by strong people-to-people links and longstanding trade and investment ties. Australia's aid program to Fiji supports the national interest we have in a stable and prosperous Fiji that is an active member of the Pacific community.

The Australian Government will provide an estimated $65.6 million in total ODA to Fiji in 2017-18. This will include an estimated $40.4 million in bilateral funding to Fiji managed by DFAT.

Australia's development assistance focuses on the disadvantaged and marginalised: the rural poor, women and people living with disabilities. Literacy and numeracy skills are declining in school-age children and life expectancy has stagnated. Limited economic opportunities, particularly in rural Fiji, underpin challenging poverty levels and more than 15 per cent of the population live in informal settlements.

Australia's aid program works in partnership with the Government of Fiji in support of Fiji's development. Australian aid complements other donors and plays a major role in leveraging the public and private sectors to deliver meaningful results.

Australia continues to be the lead donor in health and education, areas in which we have historically been the largest contributor and where major ongoing challenges remain.

Australia's development assistance targets three-cross cutting issues: gender, disability inclusion and disaster risk management.

Australia's development assistance to Fiji aims to achieve three strategic objectives:

Objective 1: Increased private sector development

Australia supports good governance and invests in the private sector to stimulate growth. We provide technical assistance and funding for programs that increase opportunities for employment and income generation, particularly in rural communities.  We are helping the Fijian Government to reform the public sector, streamline business regulations, facilitate trade and bolster accountability institutions.

Objective 1: Increased private sector development overview

Objective 2: Improved human development

To help ensure the benefits of economic growth are shared by all Fijians, Australia focuses on improving access to quality health and education services, particularly for disadvantaged segments of the population, including the rural poor, women and people living with disabilities. Australia works with the Government of Fiji and the private sector to strengthen the key systems, policies and capacities that underpin quality services and ensure value for money.

Objective 2: Improved human development overview

Objective 3: Tropical Cyclone Winston recovery

Tropical Cyclone Winston, the strongest cyclone to impact Fiji, made landfall on 20-21 February 2016, causing 44 deaths and affecting approximately 540,000 people.  Following the delivery of $15 million of emergency humanitarian assistance in the immediate aftermath of the cyclone, Australia is support the Government of Fiji's recovery and reconstruction efforts through a $20 million longer-term recovery package.  We are rebuilding schools and health facilities, replacing damaged medical equipment and restoring water and sanitation services.

Objective 3: Tropical Cyclone Winston recovery

Our results

Our results for 2016-17 will be updated later this year.  In 2015-16, Australia's aid program contributed to:

  • the provision of immediate humanitarian relief to over 200,000 people affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston
  • the establishment of new relationships with seven Fijian Government Ministries and agencies, bringing the total number of Ministries and agencies which the aid program supports to 25
  • the leveraging of $3.4 million in private sector investment and the creation of 191 fulltime jobs through the Market Development Facility's work in the horticulture, agro-export, tourism and export processing sectors
  • the establishment of a formal Community Health Workers network by the Fijian Ministry of Health and Medical Services to enable better training, equipment and supplies to be provided to the 1,800 registered community health workers; and
  • the development of 15 new livelihoods activities that benefitted nine communities and 1,637 people through the Fiji Community Development Program.

An important milestone for Fiji's bilateral aid program was the establishment of the Fiji Program Support Facility (the Facility) in January 2017. The Facility supports the Australian Government's policy of improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the aid program by having multiple aid programs managed by a single contractor.

The Fijian Government has committed to release a National Development Plan that will outline Fiji's development priorities for the next five and twenty years. This, together with Australia's Aid Investment Plan for Fiji, will form the basis of a bilateral Aid Partnership that will outline priorities, mutual obligations and targets for Australia's aid program in Fiji.

Last Updated: 6 October 2017
A man standing alongside a river
Aquaculture supports coastal livelihoods (credit: DFAT).
Children sitting around a game on a piece of paper
Australia supports the Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme and Fiji’s Ministry of Education to incorporate financial education into Fiji’s national school curriculum (credit: DFAT).
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An automotive engineering course at the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC), Fiji (credit: DFAT).