Overview of Australia's aid program to Kiribati

How we are helping

2014/15 Bilateral Budget Estimate
$20.2 million

2015/16 Bilateral Budget Estimate
$20.2 million

2015/16 Total Australian ODA Estimate
$27.2 million

DFAT will manage an estimated $20.2 million in bilateral funding to Kiribati in 2015-16. Total Australian Official Development Assistance to Kiribati in 2015-16 will be an estimated $27.2 million.

Australia's aid to Kiribati focuses on strengthening economic and human development. Australia and Kiribati signed the Kiribati–Australia Partnership for Development in 2009. The Partnership establishes the shared vision of the Governments of Australia and Kiribati to work together to meet common challenges and to promote prosperity for the people of Kiribati. The Partnership seeks to advance Kiribati’s development vision as articulated in the Kiribati Development Plan 2012-2015, focusing on improving the lives of Kiribati's main assets—its people—through further development of the economy and their capabilities.

Kiribati faces significant development challenges with high child mortality, limited access to arable land and fresh water, vulnerability to storm surges and rising sea levels, high population density on Tarawa (where 50 per cent of the population lives), high unemployment, and limited opportunities for economic growth.

The priority outcomes for the Kiribati–Australia Partnership for Development are:

Improved growth and economic management

Australia is supporting mutually agreed Kiribati-led economic reforms that enhance public financial management and increase government revenues.

Improving growth and economic management in Kiribati

Workforce skills development

Australia is providing opportunities for people to develop internationally-recognised workforce skills in areas of industry demand, both domestically and abroad.

Workforce skills development in Kiribati

Improved infrastructure services

Australia is providing assistance to increase access to telecommunications and sanitation services and improve the main road. This priority was added to the Partnership agreement in 2012.

Improving infrastructure services in Kiribati

Improved basic education

Australia is supporting efforts to improve standards in basic education, with a focus on improving the functional literacy and numeracy of primary school children.

Australia also provides bilateral and regional assistance to climate change, health, disability, gender and fisheries.

Improving basic education in Kiribati

Our results

  • Australia has provided support for the Government of Kiribati’s economic reforms, including the introduction in 2014 of a Value Added Tax which will increase the revenue base.
  • Since 2011, Australia has supported the rehabilitation of school facilities for 1500 I-Kiribati primary school children, and expanded access to water and sanitation facilities for a further 2,943 school children and teachers. Australia has also supported the successful implementation of a new curriculum for years 1 and 2, the development of a new year 3 curriculum, and professional development for teachers and school leaders.
  • Australia has helped more children with a disability access quality education services at the Kiribati School and Centre for Children with Special Needs (increasing enrolment from 80 in 2010 to 137 in 2014).
  • Since 2007, Australia has awarded 334 scholarships to I-Kiribati women and men to study at tertiary institutions in Australia and the Pacific. In 2013, Australia awarded 81 scholarships for vocational training at the Australia Pacific Technical College.
  • Australia supported the construction of the Betio Maternity Ward (opened in 2014), which will ease congestion at the main hospital and provide pre and post natal care for up to 2,500 women annually in South Tarawa.
A road surrounded by palm trees
New roads in South Tarawa are more resilient to rising sea levels and tidal flows (credit: DFAT).
Three schoolgirls smiling into the camera
Secondary School students in Bikenibeu, Kiribati (credit: DFAT).