Strengthening governance and institutions in Timor-Leste


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.

Related initiatives

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.

Related documents*

Name of document Year published Type
Interim East Timor Governance for Development Program Design Document 2011 Design
Interim East Timor Governance for Development Program Concept Note 2011 Concept note
Functional and Organisational Review of the Civil Service Commission in Timor-Leste 2012 Review
Timor-Leste Governance for Development Investment Design 2013 Investment Design
Monitoring and learning system 2015 M&E framework

* The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is committed to high standards of transparency and accountability in the management of the Australian aid program through publishing information on our website, including policies, plans, results, evaluations and research. Our practice is to publish documents after the partner government and any other partners directly involved in the delivery of the initiative have been consulted. Not all material published on this site is created by the Australian aid program and therefore not all documents reflect our views. In limited circumstances some information may be withheld for reasons including privacy and commercial sensitivity.

Last Updated: 11 October 2017