Australia is working in partnership with the Timor-Leste Government to help improve government functions to promote sustainable economic development and delivery of services to communities. We will:
- assist Timor-Leste government agencies to make informed economic decisions to promote fiscal sustainability and improve the quality and impact of government spending on services.
- help government agencies reduce the costs of doing business by supporting reforms to the policy and regulatory environment.
- encourage 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 provides advisory services to Timor-Leste government institutions to improve policy and practice regarding financial management, other systems impacting on service delivery, and economic policymaking.
Australia assists Timorese government agencies to:
- make informed economic decisions that promote fiscal sustainability and policy coherence
- improve functionality of planning, financial management, human resource and procurement systems managed by central agencies, particularly where they have a bigger impact on service delivery.
- make informed decisions based on reliable statistics, data and surveys
- reduce the cost of doing business through reforms to the policy and regulatory environment, which includes simplifying and speeding up business registration, unblocking bottlenecks slowing down the clearance of goods at the port and promoting competition in the telecommunications market.
A second phase of the Program commenced in July 2017.