Australia is supporting Indonesian efforts to help its people access better quality services, including in the poorer eastern regions of Indonesia.
Our education program is focused on getting better education outcomes and supports Indonesian-led efforts to improve teacher quality and learning in schools. We also support Indonesia to trial innovative approaches for delivering improved education outcomes. We are targeting Indonesia's future leaders with PhD and Masters scholarships, and through short courses. We are also encouraging alumni links and people-to-people connections between Indonesians and Australians. In the health sector, we are working with Indonesia to improve human health and animal health systems to reduce the global threat posed by emerging infectious diseases. We are also providing support to improve nutrition for Indonesian women, children and newborns. In addition, our broader governance programs contribute to improved health and education service delivery.
Our disaster management program provides scientific and policy support to Indonesia to improve its preparedness and response systems, and stands ready to assist in the event of a humanitarian disaster.
Australia Awards in Indonesia
$82 million, 2014-2018
Australia Awards Scholarships are an important part of Australia's education assistance to Indonesia. Many alumni have gone on to hold positions of influence, have made significant contributions to Indonesia's development and have helped build strong people-to-people links between Indonesia and Australia. High-profile alumni include cabinet ministers Professor Yohana Susana Yembise, Minister for Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection, and State Secretary Professor Pratikno.
Australia Awards is the largest and longest-running international scholarship program in Indonesia. Three hundred postgraduate Australia Awards scholarships will be offered to Indonesians for study in Australia in 2018, preceded by pre-departure English language training in Indonesia. Australia Awards are allocated through a highly competitive, merit-based process agreed between Australia and Indonesia. In addition, around 500 short-term awards were offered to future Indonesian leaders in 2017 to develop new skills and increase their networks through tailored short courses at Australian tertiary institutions.
Not only do Australia Awards Scholarships provide Indonesians with a world-class qualification, the overall experience that recipients gain while in Australia is invaluable in fostering people-to-people links and enhancing Australian-Indonesian relations. In addition, leading Australia Award Scholarship recipients from Indonesia (and PNG) may be eligible to receive an Allison Sudradjat Prize, awarded to outstanding scholars and current or emerging leaders, or a Hadi Soesastro Prize, awarded to PhD recipients from Indonesia who are undertaking high-level research at an Australian university.
Engagement with alumni (including those who self-fund their study) upon their return to Indonesia continues to be a priority for the program. The aim is to foster a stronger alumni network in Indonesia, and a network of advocates for Australia, particularly on the world-class quality of an Australian education.
Innovation for Indonesia’s School Children (INOVASI)
$49 million, 2016-2019
Through INOVASI we work with the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture to support innovation and improve learning outcomes in Indonesia's basic education sector. The program investigates what does and does not work to improve literacy and numeracy at the classroom and school level.
To do this, we are piloting and evaluating a number of approaches to strengthen the quality of teaching and learning in the classroom, improve the support provided to teachers so they can teach more effectively in the classroom, and enable all children in the classroom to reach their potential in learning.
We are implementing INOVASI at the sub-national level, working with education stakeholders (including provincial and district governments) to identify local problems related to teaching and learning and to jointly develop solutions that are appropriate for local circumstances.
We began implementing INOVASI in our first partner province, West Nusa Tenggara, in June 2016. In July 2017 we started partnering with North Kalimantan, Sumba Island in East Nusa Tenggara, and East Java.
TASS – Technical Assistance for Education System Strengthening
$15.6 million, 2015-2020
TASS is a systems-strengthening facility designed to improve the effectiveness of policy and practice in the education sector. Through TASS we provide rapid, relevant, high-quality policy research and technical advice to support Indonesia’s critical reforms in areas such as school and teacher quality, assessment, school leadership, accountability systems and education quality assurance.
Australia-UNICEF Rural and Remote Education Initiative for Papuan Provinces
$16.8 million, 2014-2018
The Rural and Remote Education Initiative focuses on improving literacy and numeracy of children in rural and remote regions of Indonesia's Papuan provinces. Through this program we are piloting ways to deliver teacher development and promoting evidence-based decision making to improve education outcomes.
World Bank Trust Fund – Improving Dimensions of Teaching, Education Management, and Learning Environment (ID-TEMAN)
$9 million, 2016-2019
Through ID-TEMAN we are supporting the Government of Indonesia to deliver efficiently and effectively 12 years of quality education for all. Through targeted technical assistance, we are supporting Indonesia’s teacher reform policy to improve teaching and learning processes, with a specific focus on teacher competencies.
The World Bank and Education in Indonesia
Australia Indonesia partnership in disaster risk management
$19 million, 2015-2018
Indonesia is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world.To assist the Indonesian Government to manage the risk, we support Indonesia to respond to large-scale humanitarian crises and continue our strong partnership with Indonesia in disaster risk management (DRM).
Through this program we seek to strengthen national and sub-national capacity in DRM and support Indonesia to make informed DRM decisions. The program focuses on disaster preparedness, including having the right policies, awareness and training, and on improving hazard and exposure mapping and decision support tools.
We do this by working with Indonesia on science innovation and policy collaboration in DRM as well as providing humanitarian assistance following a disaster.
Australia Indonesia Partnership for Emerging Infectious Diseases (AIPEID 2) - One Health
$9.9 million, 2015-2018
This program builds on our previous emerging infectious diseases program. It aims to improve human and animal health systems to reduce the global threat posed by emerging infectious diseases, such as bird flu, SARS and wine flu, and to support sustainable economic development and food security. We support the World Health Organization to work with Indonesia’s Ministry of Health to improve public health emergency preparedness and risk management. In addition, under this program the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources works with the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture to strengthen emergency management systems and veterinary leadership, as well as enhancing Indonesia's animal health information system.
Micronutrient Supplementation for Reducing Mortality and Morbidity in Indonesia - MITRA & MITRA Youth
$3.7 million, 2015-2020
This project is a partnership between the Australian and Canadian Governments and is implemented by Nutrition International in East Java and Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT).
Through the project, we aim to strengthen Indonesia's efforts to:
- increase the consumption of iron and folic acid supplements by pregnant women (to reduce the risk of low birthweight, maternal anaemia and iron deficiency), and
- increase the use of vitamin A, zinc and oral rehydration salts in the treatment of childhood diarrhoea (to reduce its duration and severity and the likelihood of subsequent infections).