Overview of Australia's aid program to Fiji

How we are helping

2018-19 Total Australian ODA Estimated Outcome
$51.0 million

2019-20 Bilateral Budget Estimate
$35.0 million

2019-20 Total Australian ODA Estimate
$58.8 million

Australia and Fiji have an enduring relationship, underpinned by strong people-to-people links and longstanding trade and investment ties. Australia's aid program to Fiji supports the national interest we have in a stable and prosperous Fiji that is an active member of the Pacific community.

During a state visit by Prime Minister Morrison to Fiji, 17-18 January 2019, Prime Minister Morrison and Prime Minister Bainimarama agreed to elevate the bilateral relationship through the 'Fiji-Australia Vuvale Partnership'. 'Vuvale' means 'family' in Fijian, the term was chosen to reflect the depth and breadth of the relationship, and to show the embrace of both countries of the other as equals within our shared Pacific family. The partnership, due to be signed later in 2019, will be broad-ranging and comprehensive, to deepen our security, economic and people-to-people links.

Media release: Joint Statement with the Prime Minister of Fiji

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The Australian Government will provide an estimated $58.8 million in total ODA to Fiji in 2019-20. This will include an estimated $35.0 million in bilateral funding to Fiji managed by DFAT. Note: this figure does not include Prime Minister Morrison's recently announced Pacific initiatives.

Official Development Assistance (ODA) constitutes a relatively minor proportion of Fiji's GNI at approximately 2.5 per cent.

Australia's aid program works in partnership with the Fijian Government in support of Fiji's development. Australian aid complements other donors and plays a major role in leveraging the public and private sectors to deliver meaningful results. We are Fiji's leading donor in health and education and a major donor in private sector development and governance.

Australia's development assistance targets the cross cutting issues of gender equality, disability inclusion, disaster risk management and support to civil society.

Support to civil society in Fiji is informed by the Australia-Fiji Civil Society Engagement Strategy 2016-2019. The Strategy articulates how Australia engages civil society organisations (CSOs) to deliver its aid objectives in Fiji.

Australia's development assistance to Fiji aims to achieve three strategic objectives:

Objective 1: Increased private sector development

Australia supports good governance and invests in the private sector to stimulate growth. We provide technical assistance and funding for programs that increase opportunities for employment and income generation, particularly in rural communities. We are helping the Fiji Government to reform the public sector, streamline business regulations, facilitate trade and bolster accountability institutions.

Objective 1: Increased private sector development overview

Objective 2: Improved human development

To help ensure the benefits of economic growth are shared by all Fijians, Australia focuses on improving access to quality health and education services, particularly for disadvantaged segments of the population, including the rural poor, women and people living with disabilities. Australia works with the Government of Fiji and the private sector to strengthen the key systems, policies and capacities that underpin quality services and ensure value for money.

Objective 2: Improved human development overview

Objective 3: Tropical Cyclone Winston recovery

Tropical Cyclone Winston, the strongest cyclone to impact Fiji, made landfall on 20-21 February 2016, causing 44 deaths and affecting approximately 540,000 people. Following the delivery of $15 million of emergency humanitarian assistance in the immediate aftermath of the cyclone, Australia is supporting the Government of Fiji's recovery and reconstruction efforts through a $20 million longer-term recovery package. We are rebuilding schools and health facilities, replacing damaged medical equipment and restoring water and sanitation services.

Objective 3: Tropical Cyclone Winston recovery

Our results

In 2018-19, Australia’s aid program achieved the following results:

  • proceeds from Fiji’s first sovereign green bond, introduced in 2017 with Australia’s support, enabled more than 100 schools to be rebuilt, 170 bridges to be rehabilitated, and 42,600 people over 120 rural communities to benefit from clean and managed water sources
  • Australia’s funding to the Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access program supported Fiji to introduce its first manual to improve the quality of taro for export. This commodity helps support the livelihoods of over 40,000 farmers across Fiji
  • the Fiji Women’s Fund helped advance gender equality by supporting 18 women’s organisations and groups deliver activities that reached 7,869 people (5,296 women, 2,467 men, 67 representatives from LGBTQI and 39 people living with disabilities)
  • Australia supported Fiji’s Ministry of Education to develop a 10-module online course to upskill current and future principles of over 900 schools, with the first module expected by June 2019
  • As part of Australia’s $35 million assistance to Fiji for Tropical Cyclone Winston, 29 schools have been completed and work on a further five schools will be completed before June 2019.

An important milestone for Fiji's bilateral aid program was the establishment of the Fiji Program Support Facility in January 2017. The Facility supports the Australian Government's policy of improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the aid program by having multiple aid programs managed by a single contractor.

Last Updated: 4 April 2019
A man standing alongside a river
Aquaculture supports coastal livelihoods (credit: DFAT).
Children sitting around a game on a piece of paper
Australia supports the Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme and Fiji’s Ministry of Education to incorporate financial education into Fiji’s national school curriculum (credit: DFAT).
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An automotive engineering course at the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC), Fiji (credit: DFAT).