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2013/14 Estimated Outcome

$3.5 million

2014/15 Budget Estimate

$4.8 million


Niue’s main development challenge is its isolation, small size and vulnerability to the effects of extreme weather events, such as cyclones. Niue has limited resources and a shortage of skilled professionals due to high levels of migration.

A mural painted on a classroom wall at Niue Primary School
A mural painted on a classroom wall at Niue Primary School (credit: DFAT).

Australia will provide aid to Niue through a new delegated cooperation arrangement with New Zealand, focusing on education and infrastructure, to ensure an educated and productive workforce ready to contribute to economic growth. We will continue to work with Niue and New Zealand on the construction of a primary school and early childhood education centre to replace the existing school, which was severely damaged by Cyclone Heta in 2004. The school will significantly improve the quality and safety of education in Niue, and will also function as a shelter for the local community in extreme weather events. We will also focus on improving waste management to help support Niue’s growing tourism sector.

Renewing a water tank in the Alofi South Township in Niue
Renewing a water tank in the Alofi South Township in Niue. The work was carried out with the assistance of an Australian-funded Water Supply Operations Adviser (credit: Clinton Chapman).

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.


Recent results

  • Australia has allocated approximately $4.07 million for the design and construction of the new primary school and early childhood education centre to help Niue improve its quality of teaching.
  • Architectural designs and construction documentation for the new school have been completed. The school infrastructure has been designed to withstand extreme weather events and will act as a shelter during cyclones. The school will include improved access to information and communications technology, and will reduce the school population’s vulnerability to natural disasters.
  • Australia has delegated management of the construction of the school to New Zealand under a delegated cooperation arrangement.

Commitments 2013–14

  • In 2013–14, Australia’s aid to education in Niue will be delivered by New Zealand through a new delegated cooperation arrangement, to fund priority equipment and activities jointly identified by the Niuean Ministry of Education, New Zealand and Australia.

Economic development

Recent results

  • $7.5 million in contributions have been made to the Niue International Trust Fund since 2004.
  • In 2012–13, Australia contributed $500,000 to the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change Program, which is being implemented by the United Nations Development Programme and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme.

Commitments 2013–14

  • Australia will not make a contribution to the Trust Fund this financial year, as funds will be directed towards supporting the education and waste management sectors.


Recent results

  • In 2012–13, an Australian-funded Water Supply Adviser worked with the Water Division of the Public Works Department to assist the Government of Niue to effectively manage its water supply.
  • Staff from the Public Works Department have been mentored on how to repair household leaks.
  • Technical advice was provided on developing standards and guidelines for implementation of the Water Resources Bill and Regulations.
  • New water reservoir tank bases have been constructed and tanks have been connected.

Commitments 2013–14

  • In 2013–14, Australian aid will enable the Government of Niue to plan measures to improve waste management on a sustainable basis, thereby ensuring the country’s fragile fresh water sources are protected.

Research overview

Research funded by our Niue country program targets the country’s specific development challenges. Research is also carried out on a regional level. Some of the highlights are listed below.

Niue Peer Review Report (2011)

At the invitation of the Government of Niue, a peer review of Niue’s national development planning, budgeting, public financial and aid management systems and processes was carried out. This report looks at how Niue, with the support of development partners, uses its own money and aid financing to ensure a better life for its people.

The peer review team looked at how the Government and people of Niue form their national development priorities, consider strategies to implement plans, turn these into budgets, and monitor and report on results. Just as importantly, the team also examined how development partners work together and individually to support these national priorities and processes.

Read the Niue Peer Review Report [external website, PDF 1.06mb]

Read the summary document [external website, PDF 234kb]

Tracking Development and Governance in the Pacific (2009)

The Pacific region is seriously off track to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. Despite large investments in service delivery, public spending by Pacific governments is generally not leading to better development outcomes.

Development partners bring significant resources for investment in growth and services in the region. While there have been positive changes in the way development partners and governments work together, the report shows resources are not sufficiently coordinated.

There is a compelling case for change—for a combined effort by Pacific island countries and development partners to improve governance and development coordination. Together, Pacific island countries and their development partners can turn ambition into reality and make faster progress towards the MDGs.

The report is the second in a series of annual reports that track development and governance in the Pacific and analyse related key policy issues. It monitors progress towards the MDGs in the region and assesses the performance of countries and development partners in supporting their achievement.

Tracking Development and Governance in the Pacific report


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Niue faces significant development constraints including isolation, limited natural resources and transport, poor communications and a lack of skilled labour. It is highly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change.

Find out more about why we give aid to Niue


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Australian support to Niue is aligned with the Joint Commitment for Development between New Zealand and Niue. Australia's development program 2013–14 is mainly directed to improving educational outcomes, including completing the construction of a new purpose-built primary school and early childhood centre.

Find out more about how we give aid to Niue


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  • Eradicate extreme hunger and 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
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Last reviewed: 28 October, 2014