Australia is working in partnership with the Timor-Leste Government to improve society, by making it easier for people to participate in decision-making, improving governance at the sub-national level and by improving government decision making and use of evidence to develop policy. We are:
- Assisting Timor-Leste government agencies to make informed economic decisions to promote fiscal sustainability and improve the quality and impact of government spending on services.
- Helping government agencies reduce the costs of doing business by supporting reforms to the policy and regulatory environment.
- Encouraging constructive participation from civil society and the private sector in developing national policies and monitoring their effectiveness.
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) is assisting Timor-Leste to build a legitimate, effective and accountable police service. The AFP works with the Timor-Leste National Police Force (PNTL) to reduce the prospect of future conflict and increase community access to formal justice systems, particularly in cases of violence against women.
Governance for Development
$46.37 million, 2014-21
Australia's Governance for Development program helps Timor-Leste Government agencies to develop good policy and improve government systems. It also helps civil society engage with government decision making. The program works in a range of important areas, including public financial management, economic policy, enabling business and investment, public service administration, law reform and financial services. Australia's assistance helps the government and civil society to facilitate economic development and leads to better service delivery.
The program is implemented by Cardno Emerging Markets. A second phase of the Program commenced in July 2017.
Roads for Development Program
$26 million, 2017-2020
Australia helps the Timor-Leste Government to rehabilitate and maintain the country's rural roads through its Roads for Development program. Australia's assistance supports the government to plan, budget and contract road works through local private sector contractors. It also supports local contractors to bid for and complete road rehabilitation, and local communities to do ongoing maintenance. The program improves roads, making it easier for people to access health care, education and markets, while also supporting local businesses and creating jobs in communities. The program is implemented by the International Labour Organisation (ILO).