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Samoa Development Cooperation Factsheet

June 2023

Estimated Australian ODA: $53.5 m (2022-23)
Gross National Income Per Capita: USD3,810 (2021)
Population: 218,764 (2021)

Australian ODA 2021-22  Actual ($m)* 2022-23 Budget Estimate ($m)* 2023-24 Budget Estimate ($m)*
Country Programs 27.0 27.0 29.0
Regional 27.1 21.6 20.9
Global 0.8 0.9 0.9
Other Government Departments 2.0 2.6 2.7
Total Aust. ODA to SAMOA 56.9 52.0 53.5

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

Australian ODA to Samoa by Sector Group 2023-24 Budget Estimate. 2% Economic Infrastructure and Services. 12% Agriculture, Trade and Other Production Sectors. 29% Governance. 39% Education. 13% Health. 0% Humanitarian. 5% Multisector and General Development Support.

Australia is Samoa's largest bilateral development partner. The Australia – Samoa development partnership is closely aligned with the Samoan Government's development priorities.

The 2023 Samoa - Australia Bilateral Partnership Arrangement is focussed on shared priorities in climate and disaster resilience; economic growth and partnerships; human and social development; and people to people links.

Strategic direction

Our development cooperation advances our shared vision in the 2050 Blue Pacific Strategy of a peaceful, prosperous, and resilient region. Australia is committed to supporting Samoa to deliver on its Pathway for the Development of Samoa, and to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals. Our development assistance focuses on: human development; economic governance; budget support; scholarships and infrastructure.

Program highlights

  • Australia is supporting Samoa's development objectives through our two long-term flagship partnerships in Tautua: Human Development for All and Tautai: Governance for Economic Growth.
  • Samoa hosts a campus of the Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC). Since 2007, 2,155 Samoans graduated from 54 accredited qualifications and International Skills Training courses.
  • Team Up, the Australian Government's sport for development program in the Asia-Pacific region, is funding activities in cricket, football, netball, rugby league and rugby union.
  • Australia continues to invest in Samoa's education sector to improve literacy and numeracy outcomes impacted by COVID-19 lockdowns.
  • In 2022-23, Australia provided 39 Australia Awards scholarships to Samoans, and Samoa hosted 6 Australian Volunteers.
  • Australia's contribution ($6 million, 2022-2025) to the World Bank Health Systems Strengthening Program for Results is strengthening Samoa's capacity to address non-communicable diseases.
  • Australia will build Samoa's Legislative Assembly Office, expected to be completed in late-2025.


Priority Sustainable Development Goals: 
Goal 1, No Poverty.
Goal 3, Good Health and Wellbeing.
Goal 4, Quality Education. 
Goal 5, Gender Equality.
Goal 8, Decent Work and Economic Growth.
Goal 9, Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure.
Goal 10, Reduced Inequalities. 
Goal 11, Sustainable Cities and Communities. 
Goal 13, Climate Action. 
Goal 17, Partnerships for the Goals.
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