Human development for a productive and healthy society in Indonesia


Australia is supporting Indonesian Government efforts to help its people access better quality services by facilitating systemic change, including in the poorer eastern regions of Indonesia where human development indicators are lowest.

Our education program focuses on the quality of education and supports Indonesian-led efforts to improve teacher quality and learning outcomes 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, while 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.

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Australia’s Education Partnership

$367 million, 2011-2017

Australia's Education Partnership helped improve education service delivery in Indonesia by increasing participation in schooling, improving the quality of education in public, private and religious schools, and improving governance in the education sector.  The partnership has completed building or expanding 1,155 schools, providing approximately 160,000 new school places. It also helped develop a national system to improve school management and leadership, supported up to 1,500 madrasah to improve their quality against national education standards and supported research and technical assistance to improve education programs and policy through the Analytical and Capacity Development Partnership. The Independent Completion Report for the Partnership found it to have been a highly successful program, making a significant contribution to the Indonesian Government's efforts to deliver quality education and encouraging children to stay in school.

Related documents*

Name of document Year published Type
2007 Annual Review of Indonesian Education Sector Financing 2007 Evaluation Report
2008 Annual Review of Indonesian Education Sector Financing 2008 Evaluation Report
2009 Annual Review of Indonesian Education Sector Financing 2009 Evaluation Report
Australia’s Education Partnership with Indonesia – design document 2010 Design
Learning Assistance Program for Islamic Schools (LAPIS) Independent Completion Report 2010 Evaluation Report
Australia Indonesia Basic Education Program: Independent Completion Report, May 2010 2010 Evaluation Report
2010 Annual Review of Indonesian Education Sector Financing 2010 Evaluation Report
Schools Reconstruction Program in West Java and West Sumatra – Independent Completion Report – June 2011 2011 Independent evaluation
Schools Reconstruction Program in West Java and West Sumatra – Independent Completion Report Management Response – June 2011 2011 Evaluation management response
The impact of Australia’s investment in Indonesia’s basic education system: some preliminary studies 2011 Study
Australia’s Education Partnership with Indonesia – Annual Partnership Performance Report 2012 2012 Independent evaluation report
Australia’s Education Partnership with Indonesia – Frequently asked questions 2012 FAQ
2012 Annual Review of Indonesian Education Sector Financing 2012 Evaluation Report
Australia’s Education Partnership with Indonesia – Management response to the Annual Partnership Performance Report 2013 Evaluation management response
2013 Indonesia Education Annual Partnership Performance Report 2013 Evaluation Report
2013 Indonesia Education Annual Partnership Performance Report Management Response 2013 Evaluation management response
2014 Indonesia Education Annual Partnership Performance Report 2014 Evaluation Report
2014 Indonesia ACDP Mid Term Review Management Response 2014 Evaluation management response
2014 Indonesia ACDP Mid Term Review 2014 Evaluation Report
2014 Indonesia Education Annual Partnership Performance Report Management Response 2014 Evaluation management response
Australia's Education Partnership with Indonesia: Annual Partnership Performance Report 2015 and management response 2015 Performance Report
Australia's Education Partnership with Indonesia: Independent Completion Report and Management Response 2016 Completion report and management response

Australia Awards in Indonesia

$82 million, 2014-2018

Australia Awards Scholarships are an important part of Australia's education assistance to Indonesia. Many scholarship 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.

The Australia Awards is the largest and longest-running international scholarship program in Indonesia. 300 postgraduate Australia Awards scholarships have been offered to Indonesians for study in Australia in 2017, 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 will be offered in 2017 to future Indonesian decision makers and influencers who want 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.

A new and innovative program of On Award Enrichment provides scholarship recipients from Indonesia with a broader and deeper experience in Australia in an effort to foster lasting links with Australian people and organisations. Engagement with alumni (including those that self-funded their study) upon their return to Indonesia continues to be a priority for the program. These efforts aim 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.

Australia Awards Fellowships are part of a regional program that aims to develop leadership and build partnerships and links between Australian organisations and partner organisations in developing countries. The Fellowships complement the longer-term Australia Awards Scholarships, and are for short-term study, research and professional development programs - delivered in Australia, by Australian organisations.  Australia Awards Fellowships are available across a range of fields relevant to Australia's foreign policy and overseas development agenda.

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Innovation for Indonesia’s School Children (INOVASI)

$49 million, 2016-2019

INOVASI works 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, INOVASI is 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.

INOVASI works at the sub-national level, working with education stakeholders (including provincial and district governments) to identify local problems related to teaching and learning and jointly develop solutions appropriate for the context.

As of November 2016, INOVASI has begun work in its first partner province, West Nusa Tenggara.

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TASS – Technical Assistance for Education System Strengthening

$11.9 million , 2016-2019

The TASS is a systems-strengthening facility that will provide rapid, relevant, high-quality policy and implementation advice and support. Working at the national and sub-national levels, the TASS will assist in progressing critical reforms in areas such as teachers, learning outcomes, parenting education and school leadership.

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. The program is piloting ways to deliver teacher development and promoting evidence-based decision making to help education officials make informed choices about options available to improve education outcomes.

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World Bank Trust Fund – Improving Dimensions of Teaching, Education Management, and Learning Environment (ID-TEMAN)

$9 million, 2016-2018

The program is supporting the Government of Indonesia to efficiently and effectively deliver 12 years of quality education for all.  Through targeted technical assistance, the program is supporting Indonesia’s teacher reform policy to improve teaching and learning processes, with a specific focus on teacher competencies.

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Disaster Management Program

$17.2 million, 2015-2018

The Disaster Management program works to make Australia and Indonesia stronger, safer and more prosperous by helping people prepare for, respond to and recover from humanitarian crises. The goal is to strengthen Indonesia's ability to respond to a large-scale humanitarian crisis. We do this by working with Indonesia on science innovation and policy collaboration, as well as providing humanitarian assistance following a disaster. Our science innovation program focuses on hazard and exposure mapping and tools to improve disaster preparedness and response.

Australia Indonesia Partnership for Emerging Infectious Diseases (AIPEID 2) - One Health

$9.9 million, 2015-2018

One Health builds on our previous emerging infectious diseases program and aims to improve human health and animal health systems to reduce the global threat posed by emerging infectious diseases, and support sustainable economic development and food security. The program supports the World Health Organisation to work with the Indonesian Ministry of Health to improve public health emergency preparedness and risk management. In addition, we fund the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources to work with the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture to strengthen emergency management systems and veterinary leadership, as well as enhance Indonesia's animal health information system.

Related documents*

Name of document Year published Type
AIPEID Human Health and Animal Health Program Investment Design Document 2015 Design

The Micronutrient Initiative

$1.5 million, 2015-2018

The Micronutrient Initiative is a Canada-based global non-profit working to improve nutrition, particularly amongst women, children and newborns. Australia's support for the Micronutrient Initiative in Indonesia will help the Government of 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 to increase the use of vitamin A, zinc and oral rehydration salts in the treatment of childhood diarrhoea (to reduce the duration and severity of childhood diarrhoeal episodes and the likelihood of subsequent infections) in East Java and East Nusa Tenggara.

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Last Updated: 7 March 2017