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 (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 (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 (credit: DFAT).
Details of the proposed expenditure for this program for 2013-14 can be found here.
A table of proposed expenditure for 2013-14 and actual expenditure for 2012-13 for DFAT's aid program can be found here.
1 Excluding the private sector related activity associated with the re-establishment of the Offshore Processing Centre in September 2012