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2013/14 Estimated Outcome

$29.5 million

2014/15 Budget Estimate

$27.1 million

 
Power and Utility workers installing power lines in Nauru

Power and Utility workers installing power lines in Nauru (credit: DFAT).

Australia and Nauru have enjoyed a close relationship for more than a century with strong cultural links and significant trade exchanges. Despite Nauru’s economic growth over the past five years, there is little private sector activity1, a reliance on imported goods and importation of diesel fuel for energy and clean water production, and high living costs.

Australian development assistance will invest in effective governance, education, health and infrastructure. We will help ensure that government systems are able to support Nauru’s growing economy, expanding private sector and effective management of its increased revenues. Australia will support Nauru’s long term sustainable growth, including helping Nauru manage increased revenues arising from establishment of the Offshore Processing Centre.

Billboard, Nauru
Billboard, Nauru (credit: DFAT).

Australia will help the Government of Nauru to:

  • establish more efficient and accountable public sector management
  • improve the quality of and access to primary, secondary and technical and vocational education services to improve employment opportunities
  • build a cost effective health system which delivers improved health outcomes
  • improve the reliability and cost effectiveness of essential infrastructure and services, such as power and water supplies
  • promote private sector growth in the fisheries sector.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop pictured with Nauru’s Minister for Education Hon. Charmaine Scotty, MP and students from Nauru Secondary School
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop pictured with Nauru’s Minister for Education Hon. Charmaine Scotty, MP and students from Nauru Secondary School (credit: DFAT).

Australia will also help Nauru build a qualified work force for both the public and private sectors by funding teacher training and providing skilled advisors to help manage the public sector and train local personnel. In 2014-15, Australia will provide eight Australia Award Scholarships.

Providing important medicines at Nauru Hospital
Providing important medicines at Nauru Hospital (credit: DFAT).


Archived details of expenditure for this program for 2013–14 can be found here.

Archived details of expenditure for DFAT’s aid program, following the Government’s announcement on 18 January 2014 to revise the aid budget, can be found here.

 

1 Excluding the private sector related activity associated with the re-establishment of the Offshore Processing Centre in September 2012

Health

Results to 30 June 2012

  • A fall in the infant mortality rate from 40/1000 live births in 2002 to 24/1000 in 2011.
  • Since 2009 95% child immunization coverage for key vaccines including tuberculosis, measles, hepatitis B, polio, diphtheria and tetanus.

Commitments for 2012–13

  • Funding will continue for drugs, medical equipment, hospital maintenance and staff training.
  • Skilled Australian personnel will fill key management and medical positions.
  • Up to 1500 primary school children will continue to receive regular nutritious meals.

Education

Results to 30 June 2012

  • An increase in school enrolments from 2 851 in 2006 to 3 026 in 2011 with an equal gender ratio. This includes 40 students enrolled at the Able/Disable Centre.
  • An increase in the percentage of teachers with a degree or diploma from 30% in 2010 to 93% in 2011.
  • In 2011 there were 170 people enrolled in technical and vocational training courses at the newly reconstructed Nauru Secondary School. Around 300 people are on the waiting list for after-hours training.

Commitments for 2012–13

  • Australian personnel will continue to fill key management and advisory roles to help with education policy, curriculum development, teacher training and staff mentoring.
  • Up to 10 Australian Regional Development Scholarships will be awarded each year.
  • Funding will continue for school building maintenance and repairs.

Sustainable economic development

Results to 30 June 2012

  • A $1.0 million increase in Government revenues following the establishment of the new Revenue Office in 2011.
  • Revenue from the sale of fishing license increased from around $2 million in 2010–11 to more than $12 million in 2011–2012 after reforms through the Fisheries Institutional Reform Program.

Commitments for 2012–13

  • The Fisheries Institutional Reform Program will expand to develop revenue streams from aquaculture and aquarium fishing in inland and coastal fisheries.
  • Funding for senior positions in the Nauru Utilities Authority will help improve power and water distribution systems, making business easier to conduct.

Effective governance

Results to 30 June 2012

  • A reduction in international debt from around 1000% of GDP in 2006 to less than 100% in 2011.
  • Successive balanced budgets since 2005.

Commitments for 2012–13

  • A new Financial Management Information System is being introduced across government. The new system will improve financial management, and strengthen internal controls.
  • Skilled Australian funded personnel will continue to fill key senior management and technical positions in government departments such as the Department of Finance.
  • Support will continue in areas such as managing national finances, improving the transparency and efficiency of national procurement processes, improving revenue management, enhancing national audit functions and improving reporting to the public.

Official Development Assistance to Nauru, 2001-02 to 2013-14

Graph of Australian Official Development Assistance to Nauru. Exact values are provided below.
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The graph above shows Australian Official Development Assistance to Nauru, including funding by Australian Aid and by Other Government Departments (OGD).

The exact values are as follows:

  • 2001-02: AusAID $22,034,544. OGD $163
  • 2002-03: AusAID $24,766,833. OGD $0.0
  • 2003-04: AusAID $19,302,000. OGD $10,223
  • 2004-05: AusAID $16,233,856. OGD $109,957
  • 2005-06: AusAID $19,474,456. OGD $1,912,003
  • 2006-07: AusAID $23,234,001. OGD $2,462,443
  • 2007-08: AusAID $25,458,464. OGD $2,746,260
  • 2008-09: AusAID $24,608,700. OGD $ 1,767,520
  • 2009-10: AusAID $ 21,910,942. OGD $ 3,545,238
  • 2010-11: AusAID $ 24,017,092. OGD $ 4,285,923
  • 2011-12: AusAID $ 26,786,866. OGD $ 1,914,272
  • 2012-13 (estimated outcome): AusAID $ 32,677,775. OGD $ 1,403,606
  • 2013-14 (budget estimate): AusAID $ 28,965,499. OGD $ 968,586

Australian ODA to Nauru by development priority, 2010–11 to 2013–14 (%)

Graph of the Official Development Assistance to Nauru by development priority. Exact values are provided below.
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The graph above shows Australian Official Development Assistance to Nauru by development priority.

The exact values are as follows (%):

  • 2013–14 (budget estimate)
    Health: 10
    Education: 15
    Economic development: 34
    Governance: 21
    Humanitarian: 0
    General development support: 20
  • 2012–13 (estimated outcome)
    Health: 10
    Education: 13
    Economic development: 39
    Governance: 19
    Humanitarian: 0
    General development support: 18
  • 2011–12
    Health: 12
    Education: 13
    Economic development: 30
    Governance: 32
    Humanitarian: 0
    General development support: 14
  • 2010–11
    Health: 12
    Education: 11
    Economic development: 2
    Governance: 62
    Humanitarian: 0
    General development support: 14

Other ODA in Whole of Government 2010–11 to 2012–13

Graph of the Official Development Assistance to Nauru by other government departments. Exact values are provided below.
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The graph above shows the Australian Official Development Assistance to Nauru by Other Government Departments.

The exact values are as follows:

  • Attorney Generals—Customs and Border Protection:
    2010–11: $0. 2011–12: $0. 2012–13: $2,340.
  • Attorney Generals—Australian Federal Police:
    2010–11: $4,285,923. 2011–12: $1,914,272. 2012–13: $1,401,266.

Research overview

There has been no Australian Aid-funded research in Nauru.

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Demographic and development statistics for Nauru

 

 
 

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Most Nauruans live on low incomes, education standards are low, and levels of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes are high. Government revenue is insufficient to fund basic services. Given the long standing historical ties between Australia and Nauru, Australia is well placed to help Nauru improve its people’s welfare and prospects, and ensure its stability and security.

Find out more about why we give aid to Nauru

 
 

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Through the Australia–Nauru Partnership for Development, the two countries work together to help build the economy and to improve services for the community, particularly education, healthcare, and utilities (power and water). Under the Partnership, Nauru commits to advancing the welfare of all Nauruan citizens and improving economic governance arrangements, while Australia commits to providing high quality financial, technical and policy support to help Nauru pursue its development priorities.

Find out more about how we give aid to Nauru

Read the Nauru-Australia Partnership for Development document

 
 

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  • Eradicate extreme poverty
  • Achieve universal primary education
  • Promote gender equality and empower women
  • Reduce child mortality
  • Improve maternal health
  • Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
  • Ensure environmental sustainability

Demographic and development statistics for Nauru

 
 

Last reviewed: 25 September, 2014