Overview of Australia's aid program to Tuvalu

How we are helping

2014/15 Bilateral Budget Estimate
$6.8 million

2015/16 Bilateral Budget Estimate
$6.8 million

2015/16 Total Australian ODA Estimate
$10.8 million

DFAT will manage an estimated $6.8 million in bilateral funding to Tuvalu in 2015-16. Total Australian Official Development Assistance to Tuvalu in 2015-16 will be an estimated $10.8 million.

Australia has a strong and long-standing bilateral relationship with Tuvalu and is the country’s largest aid donor. Australia’s aid to Tuvalu focuses on strengthening economic and human development. The Tuvalu-Australia Partnership for Development establishes the framework for Australia and Tuvalu to work together to meet common challenges and to promote prosperity for the people of Tuvalu. The Partnership aligns with the Government of Tuvalu’s own development priorities, as outlined in Te Kakeega II: National Strategy for Sustainable Development 2005–2015.

Tuvalu’s economic prospects are constrained by the country’s distance from markets, small size and vulnerability to external shocks, both economic and environmental. Tuvalu also faces severe development challenges arising from limited education and work opportunities, and modest natural resources. As a low-lying atoll nation, Tuvalu is also highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

The priority outcomes for the Tuvalu-Australia Partnership for Development are:

Good governance, economic growth and stability

Australia is working with Tuvalu to boost its long-term economic prospects by supporting the Tuvalu Trust Fund and improving financial management and planning.

Governance assistance in Tuvalu

Education and human resources

Australia is supporting efforts to develop a skilled and educated Tuvalu workforce by providing early education support and tertiary awards for studies in Australia and in the region.

Education assistance in Tuvalu

Environment and climate change

Australia is providing assistance to assist Tuvalu to build environment resilience and to strengthen disaster risk management that together underpin sustainable economic development.

Environment assistance in Tuvalu

Our results

Economic governance

  • Since 2012, Australia has supported the Government of Tuvalu to undertake important economic reforms, raise revenue and prioritise public expenditure. This contribution has strengthened public financial management practices, and increased the transparency and accountability of government services.
  • Australia is a key contributor to the Tuvalu Trust Fund. Since 2013 the fund has made distributions of up to $50million which is available to support Tuvalu’s budget priorities.

Improving basic education and increasing opportunities for tertiary education

  • Since 2007, Australia has awarded an estimated 177 scholarships to Tuvaluans to study at tertiary institutions in Australia and the Pacific. For the period 2008-2012, 64 Tuvalu awardees returned to Tuvalu after completing their studies, of which 80 percent found fulltime employment, the majority in senior Government positions.
  • In 2013, Australia supported 88 Tuvaluans to enrol at the Australia Pacific Technical College to receive vocational training (to Australian qualification standards), and in this same year 70 Tuvaluans graduated. Over the life of Australia’s support to the Australia Pacific Technical College, 115 Tuvaluan women and 98 Tuvaluan men have graduated from hospitality and community services, and trades and technology.

Building resilience

  • 85 per cent of residents on the main island of Funafuti now have access to clean water. 150 new water tanks, placed in all primary schools and secondary schools, have also provided more than 3,000 school children with access to clean water.
  • Australia’s support for Tuvalu’s Climate Change National Adaptation Plan of Action aims to improve food security, through an increase in home gardening and composting activities throughout Tuvalu. Our support has also helped strengthen collaboration amongst government departments, NGOs and island communities on climate change activities.
Tuvalu's first female doctors (credit: DFAT).
Fetuvalu High School on Funafuti atoll, Tuvalu. Australia is helping the Tuvaluan Government strengthen its education system, and providing water tanks to ensure schools stay open during dry periods (credit: DFAT)
A water tank for Nuitau Primary School in Tuvalu being delivered (credit: DFAT).