Supporting cyclone recovery and reconstruction in Vanuatu


Vanuatu’s recovery from Tropical Cyclone Pam will take a number of years and require strong support from all donors. The World Bank’s Post Disaster Needs Assessment, endorsed by the Vanuatu Government estimated total damage and loss from Tropical Cyclone Pam at around $600 million or 64 per cent of GDP. Recovery costs are assessed as $426 million.

In June 2015, the Vanuatu Government released its recovery plan, Strengthening ni-Vanuatu Resilience – National Recovery and Economic Strengthening Program Plan (Recovery Plan). The Recovery Plan outlines the Government’s priorities for recovery and reconstruction over the next two years. Recovery costs will exceed donor contributions, so it is important that development partners align their support with this plan.

Australia is working closely with the Vanuatu Government and humanitarian partners to help implement recovery. Australia has committed $35 million over three years (2015 to 2018) in long-term recovery support, bringing Australia’s total estimated cyclone assistance to $50 million. This package is in addition to the existing aid program.

Our recovery package will focus on:

  • supporting livelihoods, economic recovery and the private sector
  • repairing and rebuilding critical infrastructure for public administration
  • restoring health and education facilities, and
  • supporting resilience and gender and disability inclusion.

This package was developed in consultation with the Vanuatu Government and aligns closely with the critical needs identified in the Recovery Plan. Australia is best-placed to support recovery in these areas as they largely build on the strengths of our existing programs and relationships. To maximise their impact, our activities will focus on Shefa and Tafea provinces where almost 90 per cent of damage and loss occurred.

Our long-term recovery assistance is being delivered through a Vanuatu Trust Account in the Reserve Bank of Vanuatu.  Australian-funded projects will be implemented through the Vanuatu Government’s recovery management arrangements. This will allow for greater coherence with all donors and ensure alignment with Vanuatu Government policies and priorities.

The key outcomes of Australia’s contribution to the Cyclone Pam response are outlined in this factsheet and the below infographic.

Related documents*

Name of document Year published Type
Australian support to Vanuatu following Tropical Cyclone Pam – Fact Sheet 2015 Factsheet
Vanuatu – Post-Disaster Needs Assessment, Tropical Cyclone Pam, March 2015 (published August 2015) 2015 Disaster needs assessment
Strengthening ni-Vanuatu Resilience – National Recovery and Economic Strengthening Program Plan 2015 Strategy

Related links


Infographic—Australia's response to Tropic Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu

Tropical Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu as a category five storm between 12 and14 March 2015, causing 11 deaths and severely damaging housing, health centres, schools and other critical infrastructure.  The cyclone affected the livelihoods of around 195,000 people and harmed Vanuatu’s key industries of tourism and agriculture.  Australia provided $10 million of immediate emergency support and $5 million of early recovery assistance.  In addition Australia has made a $35 million commitment to a long-term recovery package over the next three years (2015-2018). This infographic summarises key outcomes of Australia’s contribution to the Cyclone Pam response.



* 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: 1 March 2017