Overview of Australia's aid program to Samoa

How we are helping

2014/15 Bilateral Budget Estimate
$23.6 million

2015/16 Bilateral Budget Estimate
$23.6 million

2015/16 Total Australian ODA Estimate
$37.2 million

DFAT will manage an estimated $23.6 million in bilateral funding to Samoa in 2015-16.  Total Australian Official Development Assistance to Samoa in 2015-16 will be an estimated $37.2 million.

Australia’s total official development assistance to Samoa was $38.3 million in 2013-2014 (estimated outcome), including $23.1 million in bilateral aid and $15.2 million delivered through regional programs. Australia is Samoa’s largest bilateral grant donor, with official development assistancerepresenting 28 per cent of all aid from OECD countries in 2014-15.

Samoa is on track to meeting the following MDGs: ‘achieve universal primary education’ (MDG 2); ‘reduce child mortality’ (MDG 4); and ‘ensure environmental sustainability’ (MDG 7). Samoa is showing mixed results for the following four indicators: ‘eradicate extreme poverty and hunger’ (MDG 1); ‘promote gender equality and empower women’ (MDG 3); ‘improve maternal health’ (MDG 5); and ‘combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases (MDG 6).

Poverty and hardship are a fact of life for many Samoans. Almost 27 per cent of the population lives below the basic needs poverty line and struggles to meet the weekly costs of living. In addition, non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and cancer are on the rise.

Economic and democratic governance

Our program aims to improve economic stability and democratic governance:

  • by supporting economic reform and public financial management by linking aid payments to mutually agreed reform benchmarks
  • boosting private sector led economic growth through an economic infrastructure program
  • strengthening democratic institutions such as parliament and budget transparency
  • providing support directly to vulnerable groups through civil societyorganisations.

Economic and democratic governance assistance in Samoa


Our support aims to improve education by supporting equitable access to and quality of education including disability services. Improving the quality of education will be a key focus of a new education program.

Education assistance in Samoa


Our support will enable Samoa to provide better quality and more equitable health services to the people of Samoa. In particular, we will focus on supporting reduction of non-communicable diseases and workforce development in the health sector.

Health assistance in Samoa

Our results

  • Economic and governance reforms have included strengthening debt policy, procurement, and revenue collection, and introducing policies to provide a more effective tourism sector and to facilitate private sector participation in state-owned enterprises.
  • A range of health indicators have improved, including measles immunisation coverage increasing from 45 per cent in 2008 to 92 per cent in 2012, and infant mortality falling from 20.4 per 1,000 live births in 2006 to 15.6 per 1,000 live births in 2011.
  • One thousand teachers have been training in methods to deliver the new bilingual school curriculum.
  • Since 2008, 557 Samoans, including 200 women, have graduated from the Australian Pacific Technical College.

A new training facility under construction in Samoa. The facility is part of the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC), an Australian government funded programme offering exciting vocational training opportunities in the Pacific region (credit: DFAT).
A line of seated women
A women's committee on Manono Island, Samoa. Australia is empowering local women's committees in Samoa to help address poverty needs in their villages (credit: DFAT).
Samoan and Australian medical staff working together (credit: DFAT).
Rozanna Meredith is a pharmacist at Samoa’s Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital, and former scholarship recipient (credit: DFAT).