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Nauru Development Cooperation Factsheet

May 2023

Estimated Australian ODA: 2023-24: $46.1 mil
Gross National Income Per Capita: USD16,920 (2021)
Population: 12,511 (2021)

Australian ODA 2021-22 Actual ($m)* 2022-23 Budget Estimate ($m)* 2023-24 Budget Estimate ($m)*
Country Programs 20.4 25.5 25.9
Regional 6.0 5.8 18.5
Global 0.2 0.2 0.2
Other Government Departments 1.5 1.5 1.5
Total Aust. ODA to AMB 28.1 32.9 46.1

*Due to rounding, discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items in totals.

Australian ODA to Nauru by Sector Group 2022-23 Budget Estimate Pie Chart.  5% Ergonomic Infrastructure and Services.  2% Agriculture, Trade and other production sectors.  39% Governance.  19% Education.  18% Health.  0% Humanitarian.  17% Multisector and general development support.

Australia is Nauru's largest development, trade and investment partner. We are committed to supporting Nauru's stability and prosperity.

Under the Australia-Nauru Aid Partnership Arrangement, the governments of Australia and Nauru are working together to improve economic growth opportunities and reduce poverty in Nauru. Australia's aid to Nauru includes improving public sector management; investing in nation building infrastructure; and supporting human development, with a particular focus on health and education.

Strategic direction

The 2023-24 Nauru program will have a stronger focus on health and economic governance, as Nauru recovers from three years of COVID-19 disruptions. Australia's development cooperation aligns with Nauru's development priorities and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We invest in Nauru's health system to strengthen health preparedness through community-based health clinics and targeted technical assistance whilst addressing infectious disease outbreaks and non-communicable diseases (SDG 3).

Nauru's economic recovery is underpinned by effective public financial management (SDG 17). Our governance partnership with Nauru strengthens public sector management by placing advisers in senior management roles to build local capacity. To support Nauru's long-term economic resilience, we contribute to the Inter-generational Nauru Trust Fund. Australia also invests in Nauru's essential infrastructure and services (SDGs 6, 9).

Australia invests in early childhood education, work readiness and skills for labour mobility, as well as supports opportunities for women in training and employment pathways (SDG 4, 8). Our programs support gender and social inclusion (SDG 5).

Program highlights

  • Australia's health sector support includes community based primary health care, public health preparedness, essential health infrastructure and information management systems. Australia also supported equitable access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Australia's new education investment will support inclusive and equitable education pathways that develop relevant knowledge and skills and aims to improve school enrolment and attendance
  • Australia provides funding support for Nauru's deep water port construction project, supporting climate resilience. 


Priority Sustainable Development Goals
Sustainable Development Goal 3, Good Health and Wellbeing.
Sustainable Development Goal 4, Quality Education. 
Sustainable Development Goal 5, Gender Equality.
Sustainable Development Goal 6, Clean Water and Sanitation.
Sustainable Development Goal 8, Decent Work and Economic Growth.
Sustainable Development Goal 9, Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure.
Sustainable Development Goal 17, Partnerships for the goals.
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