Overview of Australia’s aid program to Indonesia

How we are helping

2014/15 Bilateral Budget Estimate
$542.5 million

2015/16 Bilateral Budget Estimate
$323.0 million

2015/16 Total Australian ODA Estimate
$366.4 million

DFAT will manage an estimated $323.0 million in bilateral funding to Indonesia in 2015-16.  Total Australian Official Development Assistance (ODA) to Indonesia in 2015-16 will be an estimated $366.4 million.

Australian ODA will strengthen our economic partnership, supporting prosperity and stability for one of our closest neighbours. Australia will continue to provide high quality assistance to help Indonesia to achieve better results from its substantial investments in important areas such as infrastructure and education.

The website will be updated to reflect priorities following discussions with our partners. These priorities will be detailed further in new Aid Investment Plans which will be finalised by 30 September 2015. 

Further information on current investments in Indonesia can be found below.

Economic and democratic governance

Australia has provided support to Indonesia’s law and justice sector for over 10 years, helping develop robust legal and justice systems, well-run elections and an active civil society. The aid program is also assisting the Indonesian government to strengthen its ability to formulate and implement economic and budgetary policy.

Australia is working to support Indonesia’s decentralization efforts by helping local governments improve the way they deliver basic services such as education, health, water and sanitation. The program also provides policy and strategic planning advice to the national government on its bureaucratic reform agenda.

Economic and democratic governance assistance in Indonesia


Australia has a long history of working to improve Indonesia’s education sector, which is crucial to its future economic development. Our current program is providing thousands of new school places, while also working to improve school administration quality.

Education assistance in Indonesia


Australia is working with Indonesia to address the health needs of women and children, tackle HIV, malaria and emerging infectious diseases, and to improve its health systems. We are also assisting it to plan for the long term by strengthening its public health policy and budgetary capacity.

Health assistance in Indonesia


Australia is working with Indonesia to build, maintain and improve infrastructure services focusing on the road, transport and water and sanitation sectors. We provide grants, loans and technical advice to ensure that infrastructure reaches the people who need it, improving health results and promoting economic and social development.

Infrastructure assistance in Indonesia

Social Development

Our social development program works with the Indonesian Government to protect the poor from economic shocks, send poor children to school and help families access health services. We’re also promoting women’s leadership in business and politics, increasing the capacity of women to participate in building Indonesia’s economy.

Social development assistance in Indonesia

Rural Development

Nearly two-thirds of Indonesia’s poor live in rural areas and depend on agriculture to make a living. The Australian and Indonesian governments are working together to improve the incomes of farmers, through improving cultivation techniques, materials and access to business opportunities.

Rural development assistance in Indonesia

Disaster Risk Reduction

Australia is working with Indonesia to prepare for and prevent disasters, through the Australia-Indonesia Facility for Disaster Reduction. In partnership with Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Agency, we have produced world-class response tools and helped develop national policy.

Disaster risk management in Indonesia

Our results

During 2013-14, thanks to Australian aid in Indonesia:

  • More than 97,000 births were attended by skilled birth attendants
  • 1,734 classrooms were built or upgraded and more than 234,000 students were provided with financial or nutritional supports
  • 296 kilometers of roads were constructed, rehabilitated or maintained and more than 2.8 million poor women and men received access to social transfers such as cash or food
  • More than 494,000 people were provided with increased access to safe water and more than 69,000 with increased access to basic sanitation

A hand placing a ballot in a box
Raising people’s awareness of electoral processes and supporting their participation strengthens democracy in Indonesia (credit: DFAT).
A woman sitting at a sewing machine
Misobah sews in her tenun workshop in Tlingsing village, Indonesia. The 36-year-old was recently trained in marketing and microfinance through an Australian-funded NGO (credit: DFAT).
Two doctors performing surgery
The Australia-Bali Memorial Eye Centre provides sight restoration and blindness prevention programmes to combat preventable blindness which affects more than 50,000 people in Bali (credit: DFAT).