Human development for a productive and healthy society in Indonesia


Australia is supporting Indonesian efforts to help its people access better quality services, including in the poorer eastern regions of Indonesia.

Our education program is focused on getting better education outcomes and supports Indonesian-led efforts to improve teacher quality and learning in schools. We also support Indonesia to trial innovative approaches for delivering improved education outcomes. We are targeting Indonesia's future leaders with PhD and Masters scholarships, and through short courses. We are also encouraging alumni links and people-to-people connections between Indonesians and Australians. In the health sector, we are working with Indonesia to improve human health and animal health systems to reduce the global threat posed by emerging infectious diseases. We are also providing support to improve nutrition for Indonesian women, children and newborns. In addition, our broader governance programs contribute to improved health and education service delivery.

Our disaster management program provides scientific and policy support to Indonesia to improve its preparedness and response systems, and stands ready to assist in the event of a humanitarian disaster.

Australia Awards in Indonesia

$166 million, 2014-2022

Australia Awards Scholarships are an important part of Australia's education assistance to Indonesia. Many alumni have gone on to hold positions of influence, have made significant contributions to Indonesia's development and have helped build strong people-to-people links between Indonesia and Australia. High-profile alumni include cabinet ministers Professor Yohana Susana Yembise, Minister for Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection, and State Secretary Professor Pratikno.

Australia Awards is the largest and longest-running international scholarship program in Indonesia. Three hundred postgraduate Australia Awards scholarships will be offered to Indonesians for study in Australia in 2018, preceded by pre-departure English language training in Indonesia. Australia Awards are allocated through a highly competitive, merit-based process agreed between Australia and Indonesia. In addition, around 500 short-term awards were offered to future Indonesian leaders in 2017 to develop new skills and increase their networks through tailored short courses at Australian tertiary institutions.

Not only do Australia Awards Scholarships provide Indonesians with a world-class qualification, the overall experience that recipients gain while in Australia is invaluable in fostering people-to-people links and enhancing Australian-Indonesian relations. In addition, leading Australia Award Scholarship recipients from Indonesia (and PNG) may be eligible to receive an Allison Sudradjat Prize, awarded to outstanding scholars and current or emerging leaders, or a Hadi Soesastro Prize, awarded to PhD recipients from Indonesia who are undertaking high-level research at an Australian university.

Engagement with alumni (including those who self-fund their study) upon their return to Indonesia continues to be a priority for the program. The aim is to foster a stronger alumni network in Indonesia, and a network of advocates for Australia, particularly on the world-class quality of an Australian education.

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Innovation for Indonesia’s School Children (INOVASI)

$49 million, 2016-2019

Through INOVASI we work with the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture to support innovation and improve learning outcomes in Indonesia's basic education sector. The program investigates what does and does not work to improve literacy and numeracy at the classroom and school level.

To do this, we are piloting and evaluating a number of approaches to strengthen the quality of teaching and learning in the classroom, improve the support provided to teachers so they can teach more effectively in the classroom, and enable all children in the classroom to reach their potential in learning.

We are implementing INOVASI at the sub-national level, working with education stakeholders (including provincial and district governments) to identify local problems related to teaching and learning and to jointly develop solutions that are appropriate for local circumstances.

We began implementing INOVASI in our first partner province, West Nusa Tenggara, in June 2016. In July 2017 we started partnering with North Kalimantan, Sumba Island in East Nusa Tenggara, and East Java.

Related documents*

Name of document Year published Type
Innovation for Indonesia's School Children (INOVASI): Design Document 2014 Design
INOVASI Insights - March 2018 2018 Newsletter

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Technical Assistance for Education System Strengthening (TASS)

$12 million, 2015-2020

TASS is a systems-strengthening facility designed to improve the effectiveness of policy and practice in the education sector. Through TASS we provide rapid, relevant, high-quality policy research and technical advice to support Indonesia’s critical reforms in areas such as school and teacher quality, assessment, school leadership, accountability systems and education quality assurance.

Related documents*

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TASS Factsheet 2018 Investment summary

Australia-UNICEF Rural and Remote Education Initiative for Papuan Provinces

$16.8 million, 2014-2018

The Rural and Remote Education Initiative focuses on improving literacy and numeracy of children in rural and remote regions of Indonesia's Papuan provinces. Through this program we are piloting ways to deliver teacher development and promoting evidence-based decision making to improve education outcomes.

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World Bank Trust Fund - Improving Dimensions of Teaching, Education Management, and Learning Environment (ID-TEMAN)

$9 million, 2016-2019

Through ID-TEMAN we are supporting the Government of Indonesia to deliver efficiently and effectively 12 years of quality education for all.  Through targeted technical assistance, we are supporting Indonesia’s teacher reform policy to improve teaching and learning processes, with a specific focus on teacher competencies.

Financed by the Australian government and World Bank funds, the World Bank works to improve teaching and learning in Indonesia through the Improving Dimensions of Teaching, Education Management, and Learning Environment (ID-TEMAN) program. This analytic program was started in 2016 and builds on research and analytical work conducted by the World Bank in collaboration with the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture over the last decade. It aims to support Indonesia to reach its education potential through better policy, operations and implementation to improve teaching and learning in its classrooms.

The ID-TEMAN program is dedicated to identifying key areas for system reform. Program activities aim to strengthen the knowledge base of the Ministry of Education and Culture and support the Government in addressing the challenges to delivering better education outcomes and for Indonesia to achieve its medium-term development plan targets in education service delivery.

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Improving Teaching and Learning - The World Bank

The World Bank and Education in Indonesia

Australia Indonesia partnership in disaster risk management

$17.8 million, 2015-2018

Indonesia is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world.To assist the Indonesian Government to manage the risk, we support Indonesia to respond to large-scale humanitarian crises and continue our strong partnership with Indonesia in disaster risk management (DRM).

Through this program we seek to strengthen national and sub-national capacity in DRM and support Indonesia to make informed DRM decisions. The program focuses on disaster preparedness, including having the right policies, awareness and training, and on improving hazard and exposure mapping and decision support tools.

We do this by working with Indonesia on science innovation and policy collaboration in DRM as well as providing humanitarian assistance following a disaster.

Australia assists Indonesia after the devastating earthquake in Pidie Jaya, Aceh Province, in 2016.

Related documents*

Name of document Year published Type
Indonesia Australia Partnership in Disaster Risk Management - Program background brief 2018 Brief

Australia Indonesia Partnership for Emerging Infectious Diseases (AIPEID 2) - One Health

$9.9 million, 2015-2018

AIPEID Phase 2 continues builds on lessons learned from AIPEID Phase 1 (2010 - 2015). The goal of the program is 'to enhance Indonesia's human and animal disease prevention and response capacities to increase national, Australian and global biosecurity'. Support is provided to the World Health Organization to work with Indonesia's Ministry of Health to improve public health emergency preparedness and risk management. In addition, under this program the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources works with the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture to strengthen emergency management systems and veterinary leadership, as well as enhancing Indonesia's animal health information system.

Related documents*

Name of document Year published Type
AIPEID Human Health and Animal Health Program Investment Design Document 2015 Design
AIPEID II Strategic Review and Options Development Paper and management response 2017 Review

Micronutrient Supplementation for Reducing Mortality and Morbidity in Indonesia - MITRA & MITRA Youth

$3.7 million, 2015-2020

This project is a partnership between the Australian and Canadian Governments and is implemented by Nutrition International in East Java and Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT).

Through the project, we aim to strengthen Indonesia's efforts to:

  • increase the consumption of iron and folic acid supplements by pregnant women (to reduce the risk of low birthweight, maternal anaemia and iron deficiency), and
  • increase the use of vitamin A, zinc and oral rehydration salts in the treatment of childhood diarrhoea (to reduce its duration and severity and the likelihood of subsequent infections).
Iron-folic acid supplementation charts shown to pregnant women in Jember District, East Java province.

Related documents*

Name of document Year published Type
Micronutrient Supplementation for Reducing Mortality and Morbidity in Indonesia (MITRA) Activity Design Document 2017 Design
Micronutrient Supplementation for Reducing Mortality and Morbidity in Indonesia (MITRA) YOUTH Activity Design Document 2017 Design

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Last Updated: 20 September 2018