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2012/13 Expenditure

$34.1 million

2013/14 Proposed Expenditure

$30.9 million

 

Expenditure is total official development assistance inclusive of DFAT’s bilateral program, flows from DFAT regional and global programs and other government departments.

Implementation of the revised 2013-14 budget is currently under discussion with partner governments and organisations.

 

Australia and Nauru agreed on a Partnership for Development in August 2009 aimed at raising the standard of living for the people of Nauru and achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Under the Partnership, Australia’s aid to Nauru focuses on the priority areas of education, health, infrastructure, public sector management and building the private sector.

Australia has invested $88.8 million on Nauru in the previous three years. Some of the key results include:

  • child vaccination programs reaching 95 per cent coverage for key vaccines, including measles, hepatitis B, polio, diphtheria and tetanus
  • enrolment rates for both primary and secondary school children increasing to almost 100 per cent.

More results can be viewed under the ‘See our results’ tab above.

Australia expects to provide $30.9 million to Nauru in 2013–14. We will:

  • support a school feeding program by providing regular nutritious meals to around 1,500 primary school students
  • provide funding to assist Nauru to purchase pharmaceuticals and other medical supplies
  • provide ongoing support for teacher training, aiming to increase the number of teachers with either diploma or degree level qualifications to more than 93 per cent
  • provide skilled personnel in key management roles in the public sector, helping to improve the management of national finances, strengthen Nauru’s health and education systems and provide more reliable power and water services for the entire community.

More expected outcomes can be viewed under the ‘See our results’ tab above.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

 
 

heading foldProgress Against MDGs

  • 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: 18 January, 2014