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Technical Vocational Education and Training Support Program


This program is a joint effort by Australia and New Zealand to help Tonga develop a national Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system that provides internationally recognised qualifications. This aims to improve employment prospects for Tongan people (particularly youth) and address critical skills needs in the economy.

The initiative is working to strengthen the overall national training system by developing courses that meet the needs of Tonga’s industry, and enhance the employability and career mobility of Tongans. Support is being provided to the Ministry of Training, Employment, Youth and Sports to enable to Ministry to improve program management, including monitoring and evaluation of the program.


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Results to date

  • Certificate training and assessor training has been provided to 69 TVET trainers.
  • The Tonga National Qualification and Accreditation Board (TNQAB) has completed the Guidelines for National Qualifications Development and Tonga Qualification Framework Registration.
  • 20 Tongan training providers are now TNQAB registered (out of 33 institutions in total).
  • Industry Training and Advisory Committees established in two sectors (Tourism and Hospitality, and Construction) have identified a number of high priority courses for the TVET sector to deliver.
  • An alternative Pathways Pilot scheme that included training and equipment grants to eight non-government schools and tertiary institutions to allow them to deliver pre-vocational and TNQAB accredited TVET courses.


  Current Stage
Started 2009 Implementation and review

Completion 2014



The following documents describe this initiative in more detail*. Documents are uploaded as the initiative progresses. Find out more about the aid management cycle and the documents you can expect to find.

1. Policy & Direction Setting 2. Plan & Design 3. Implementation & Performance Management 4. Review & Evaluation

Tonga Strategic Development Framework
TVET Support Program (TSP 1)—Six-monthly Progress Report,
July–December 2011
Independent Progress Review: Tonga TVET Support Program 1—Final Report

Australia-Tonga Partnership for Development 2009
Tonga-Australia Partnership Report
August 2009—August 2011
Management Response to TVET Independent Progress Report

Cairns Compact

TVET Support Program (TSP 1)—Final Design Document
Schedule to the Partnership for Development between the Government of Tonga and the Government of Australia: Implementation Strategy—Improved Technical and Vocational Skills


*The Australian aid program is committed to publishing documents and data concerning Australia’s official development assistance in a way that is comprehensive, accessible and current. Our practice is to publish documents once finalised and where appropriate after the partner government and any other partners directly involved in the delivery of the initiative have been consulted. Not all material published on this site is created by the Australian aid program and therefore not all documents reflect our views. In limited circumstances some information may be withheld for reasons including privacy and commercial sensitivity.


Last reviewed: 1 November, 2013