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2012/13 Expenditure

$13.0 million

2013/14 Proposed Expenditure

$11.6 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's Partnership for Development with Tuvalu aims to raise the standard of living of Tuvaluans and help the country adapt to the negative impacts of climate change. Australia is helping to boost Tuvalu’s long-term economic prospects by making contributions to the Tuvalu Trust Fund and improving financial management and planning. We are also helping to develop a skilled Tuvalu workforce by providing support for early education and opportunities for tertiary study.

Australia has invested $34.5 million dollars in Tuvalu in the previous three years. Some of the key results include:

  • providing all primary and early childhood centres with essential textbooks and stationery
  • providing 607 water tanks to residents on Tuvalu’s main island, which ensures 85 per cent of residents have access to clean water.

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

Australia expects to provide $11.6 million in development assistance to Tuvalu in 2013-14. Australia remains committed to delivering results in Tuvalu and our development assistance is expected to have a resounding impact in future years. We will work with the Government of Tuvalu and UNICEF to increase the number of primary school students who pass secondary school entrance examinations and continue to help Tuvalu adapt to climate change, including through supporting coastal protection and improving water supply and storage. More on expected outcomes can be viewed under the ‘See our results’ tab above.


Recent results

  • In 2011, Australia provided all primary and early childhood centres, including those on the outer islands, with approximately 31,300 essential school textbooks. All secondary schools received basic school supplies and teaching materials.
  • 41 Tuvaluans have graduated from the Australia-Pacific Technical College since 2010, all on Australian-funded scholarships, and 22 technical and vocational education instructors were trained to teach school leavers on the outer islands.
  • A total of 76 long-term and four short-term Australia Awards scholarships have been awarded to students from Tuvalu between 2007 and 2011.

Commitments 2013-14

  • Increase the number of primary school students who pass secondary school entrance examinations as a result of Australia’s four-year partnership with UNICEF (2012- 2016). This partnership will result in an improvement in the quality of education for more than 3,000 school children on Tuvalu’s nine islands.
  • Award 21 Australia Awards Scholarships to foster a skilled and educated workforce in Tuvalu

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Economic development

Recent results

  • In 2011, Australia provided $1 million to help Tuvalu adapt to climate change. The funding was provided to support Tuvalu’s National Adaptation Programme of Action, led by the United Nations Development Programme.

Commitments 2013-14

  • Australia is continuing to help Tuvalu adapt to climate change through our support to the Government of Tuvalu and the United Nations Development Programme under the National Adaptation Programme of Action. Our support will help increase freshwater supply and storage, support coastal protection, and establish 12 new food crop plantations on outer islands.
  • The Seasonal Worker Program [external link] will enable short-term workers from Tuvalu to work in Australia. Australia is supporting training for the Tuvalu Labour Department which helps prepare workers for seasonal jobs in Australia. In late 2013, Tuvalu’s first ten participants in the Seasonal Worker Program travelled to Australia for work. .

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Recent results

  • As at June 2011, Australia had contributed approximately $28.2 million to the Tuvalu Trust Fund since it was established in 1987 to provide a reliable and predictable source of revenue to fund basic services for Tuvaluans.
  • In May 2012, Australia provided $4 million in incentive funding to Tuvalu as the Government had met budget performance benchmarks for prudent fiscal and economic management.

Commitments 2013-14

  • Australia is funding advisers in central economic and oversight institutions to improve the Government of Tuvalu's operations and staff training. Australia funds two advisers in the Tuvalu Trust Fund Advisory and Investment Committees as well as a Budget Management Adviser, an Adviser to the Attorney General’s Office, an Adviser to the Auditor General’s Office, a Procurement Adviser, and a Government Account Adviser to Treasury. Australia is also funding specialist consultants to assist the Government of Tuvalu to improve financial analysis capacity and improve planning and budgeting in key sectors.
  • Australia is assisting the Government of Tuvalu with its economic reform plans. The reforms are being led by the Government of Tuvalu with support from donors.

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Recent results

  • Australia supported Tuvalu's 2011 drought emergency response with $1.4 million in funding. The response included working with New Zealand to deliver one million litres of potable water to meet immediate crisis needs, providing fuel to operate existing desalination units and enable a needs assessment mission to outer islands. Australia also provided three solar-powered desalination units—one jointly with the United States and the United Kingdom—607 water tanks for the main island of Funafuti and 150 water tanks to primary schools on outer islands.

Commitments 2013-14

  • Australia will continue to work with Tuvalu to build resilience and longer term water security. This includes creating a maintenance plan for Tuvalu’s desalination units and developing a drought management strategy.

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Tuvalu is a small island nation located halfway between Australia and Hawaii. It faces severe development challenges arising from its distance from major markets, limited education and work opportunities, and modest natural resources. As a low-lying atoll nation, Tuvalu is also highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

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Australian support to Tuvalu is guided by the Tuvalu-Australia Partnership for Development, which was first signed in 2009. Through the Partnership, the two countries work together to support Tuvalu’s long-term economic prospects, improve education, and increase resilience to the impacts of climate change. Australia works closely with United Nations agencies, the development banks, and other bilateral donors, including New Zealand, to deliver its aid programs.

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heading foldProgress Against MDGs

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

Last reviewed: 18 January, 2014