We support Timor-Leste to improve its economy by creating jobs and a stronger private sector, increasing rural incomes and helping more people become workforce ready.
Australia supports the Timor-Leste Government to improve the business environment and promote private sector development by putting in place new laws and policies that encourage investment, make it easier to set up and run businesses and increase commercial certainty.
Australia partners with business to help develop emerging industries in important areas including agribusiness, manufacturing and tourism. We also work with farmers to improve production, access markets and increase household income.
Australia supports people to get the training, skills and advanced education that Timorese businesses need. This includes helping people make the most of opportunities to get skills and income by doing seasonal work in Australia, supporting the delivery of vocational education in hospitality and tourism, and developing future leaders in government and industry by studying at Australian universities through the Australia Awards program.
TOMAK (To'os ba Moris Diak) – Farming for Prosperity
Up to $25 million, 2016-2021
Australia's TOMAK program will reduce malnutrition and improve commercial farming opportunities for rural households. TOMAK partners with farmers – and particularly women in farming families – to improve productivity, and to increase the amount and variety of nutritious foods for sale. TOMAK also helps communities understand the importance of good nutrition. TOMAK's work will lead to improved health, and more resilient households who can earn an income from the food they grow. The program is implemented by Adam Smith International together with a number of government, non-government and private sector organisations.
Roads for Development Program
Phase I $36 million, 2012-2016 and Phase II up to $26 million, 2017-2020
Through the Roads for Development program, Australia is helping the Timor-Leste Government to rehabilitate and maintain the country's rural roads. Better roads will make it easier for people to access health centres, schools and markets, and help farmers earn sustainable incomes.
The program aims to support the Timor-Leste Government to plan, budget and contract road works through local private sector contractors. Where possible, labour intensive approaches are used to maximise employment opportunities for people in rural areas. The program is implemented by the International Labour Organization (ILO).
Phase II of Australia's assistance, known as the Roads for Development Support Program, will build on the work of the first phase in supporting the Timor-Leste Government to better coordinate its road asset management efforts, effectively deliver rural road works through increased capacity at the national and municipal levels, and continue to build the capacity of local private sector contractors.
Market Development Facility
$18.1 million to Timor-Leste from 2013-2021
Australia's Market Development Facility (MDF) is a multi-country private sector development program operating in Fiji, Timor-Leste, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Papua New Guinea. MDF supports businesses with innovative ideas to increase business performance, stimulate economic growth and ultimately provide benefits for the poor - as workers, producers and consumers. The goal of the MDF is to create additional sustainable employment and income for poor women and men in rural and urban areas.
A second phase of MDF commenced in 2017.
Workforce Development Program
$13 million, 2014-2019
Australia's workforce development program supports scholarship opportunities for tertiary study in Australia, access to vocational training to help young Timorese find employment and supports Timor-Leste to increase its participation in Australia's seasonal worker program.