Overview of Australia's aid program to Timor-Leste

How we are helping

2014/15 Bilateral Budget Estimate
$71.6 million

2015/16 Bilateral Budget Estimate
$68.0 million

2015/16 Total Australian ODA Estimate
$93.9 million

DFAT will manage an estimated $68.0 million in bilateral funding to Timor-Leste in 2015-16.  Total Australian Official Development Assistance (ODA) to Timor-Leste in 2015-16 will be an estimated $93.9 million.

Australian ODA will help to meet development objectives in Timor-Leste.

The website will be updated to reflect priorities following discussions with our partners. These priorities will be detailed further in new Aid Investment Plans which will be finalised by no later than 30 September 2015. 

Further information on current investments in Timor-Leste can be found below.


Australia is working in partnership with the Government of Timor-Leste to help it improve public financial management systems and to strengthen the public service. The Australian Federal Police will continue to work with the Timorese National Police to improve police systems and develop community policing.

Governance assistance in Timor-Leste


Australia is helping to save lives in Timor-Leste by improving access to safe water and sanitation, and increasing access to quality health care.

Health assistance in Timor-Leste


Australia is working with Timor-Leste to improve basic education and skills and employment opportunities.

Education assistance in Timor-Leste

Rural development and economic growth

Australian aid is helping Timor-Leste improve economic growth by focusing on key drivers of growth, such as rural development and infrastructure.

Rural development and economic growth assistance in Timor-Leste

Ending violence against women

Australia is working to improve gender equality and address both the causes and consequences of domestic violence in Timor-Leste.

Ending violence against women in Timor-Leste

National Program for Village Development

Australia is supporting the Government of Timor-Leste establish operational procedures, corporate systems and monitoring and evaluation methods for the National Program for Village Development.

National Program for Village Development in Timor-Leste

Our results

  • In 2013-14, 92 kilometres of road was rehabilitated and 130 kilometres of road was maintained.
  • Australia’s support to maternal and child health through NGOs has enabled 45,511 people to access maternal health services, provided 2,795 antenatal visits to pregnant women and trained 156 doctors and midwives.
  • Through the National Health Sector Strategic Plan—Support Project, 623,825 people (64 per cent women) received basic healthcare through rural mobile clinics.
  • In 2013-14, we supported the Civil Service Commission to develop and rollout a Human Resource Manual for all Timorese public servants.
  • In 2013-14 6,760 people gained access to basic sanitation and 17,282 people (51 per cent women) gained increased knowledge of hygiene practices.
  • Through the Seeds of Life program 14,415 farmers (30 per cent women) participated in 1,086 community seed groups, assisting 43,000 households across Timor-Leste use improved seed varieties.