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Objective 2: Improved human development in Fiji

To help ensure the benefits of economic growth are shared by all Fijians, Australia supports improved access to quality health and education services, particularly for disadvantaged segments of the population, including the rural poor, women and people living with disabilities.

Australia works with the Government of Fiji and key civil society organisations to increase the capacity and efficiency of the current health system. We support Fiji to respond to non-communicable diseases with a focus on cost-effective primary care and prevention. We also help address Fiji's skills gaps by supporting quality education, providing tertiary scholarships and supporting vocational skills development.

Since TC Winston we have supported the Fiji Government in its renewed focus on disaster risk reduction and management, providing technical assistance, training and supplies to the National Disaster Management Office, Fiji Red Cross Society and civil society organisations. We have also contributed to Fiji's COP23 Presidency Trust Fund to advance Fiji's leadership in reducing global greenhouse gas emissions and increasing developing countries' access to finance to adapt to the impacts of climate change.

More information on the Fiji COP23

An important milestone for Fiji's bilateral aid program was the establishment of the Fiji Program Support Facility (The Facility) in January 2017. The Facility supports the Australian Government's policy of improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the aid program by having multiple aid programs managed by a single contractor. The Facility administers the following programs: Health, Education, Australia Awards, Civil Society Support, Emergency Preparedness and Response, and Governance.

The Fiji Program Support Facility administers the following programs: Health, Education, Australia Awards, Civil Society Support, Emergency Preparedness and Response, and Governance.

Related initiatives

Australia's support to Fiji's health sector

Up to $25 million, 2017-2022

Australia’s health program is strongly aligned with Fiji’s Ministry of Health and Medical Services Strategic Plan. The strategic focus areas are intended to enhance curative and preventive health services in partnership with the Ministry of Health through quality investments. The program works at three levels of the health system: national systems, health providers, and communities. 
Australia is committed to stepping up our engagement in the region to build a stronger Pacific. Australia's regional health program complements bilateral health investments with a strong focus on supporting health activities that require a regional or multi-country approach, such as workforce training, clinical services and cross-border disease threats. Key objectives include:

  • strengthening regional health governance and policy, and
  • strengthening the provision of regional health services and training that cannot be provided at a country level or where there are economies of scale for regional provision.

Related documents*

Name of document Year published Type
Fiji Health Sector Support Program: End of Program Evaluation Final Report and Management Response 2016 Evaluation Report and Management Response

Australia's support to Fiji's education sectorThe innovationXchange was established in March 2015 within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to form new partnerships and identify innovative approaches to improve the effectiveness and impact of the Australian aid program, and public policy more generally. The innovationXchange is currently supporting two regional health projects; World Mosquito Program and Launch Food Challenge in the Pacific, including Fiji. 
For more information on DFAT’s Pacific Regional health programs visit Pacific Regional—Healthy communities

Up to $25 million, 2018-2022

In partnership with Fiji Ministry of Education, Heritage and the Arts, the program is contributing to Fiji’s strategic priorities through targeted support including demand driven technical assistance, grants to support analytics, and partnerships. The program framework  comprises systems strengthening, capacity development and partnerships for teaching and learning.

Australia's support for Civil Society Organisations

Up to $10 million, 2018-2022

In line with the Australia-Fiji Civil Society Engagement Strategy (2016-2019), support to civil society is delivered across the breadth of the Fiji’s Aid Investment Plans. The Facility provides grant and capacity building activities to Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) through sector programs and a civil society support fund. CSOs receive an integrated package of grant funding and capacity support to maximise the value and impact of their work.

The Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development (Pacific Women) program also supports women-focused CSOs in Fiji to deliver programs that enable the social, economic and political empowerment of women. Under Pacific Women, the Fiji Women's Fund provides targeted support to reach rural, remote and marginalised women and support groups to expand their work on gender equality and the empowerment of women.

The Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) program that supports Australian organisations to work with local Fijian CSOs also helps capitalise on Australia's engagement with civil society in Fiji.

Related documents*

Name of document Year published Type
Fiji Community Development Program End of Program Evaluation and Management Response 2017 Independent evaluation

Australia's support for Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergency preparedness and Response

Up to $3.5 million, 2017-2022

Australia invests in resilience building, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and disaster risk reduction (DRR) in Fiji across all programs. The Fiji Program Support Facility administers a Preparedness and Response Fund (PRF) to manage disaster response and preparedness activities, supporting Fiji government and CSOs.

Australia Humanitarian Partnership (AHP)

Up to $50 million 2017-2022

The Australia Humanitarian Partnership (AHP) is a strategic five-year (2017-2022) partnership between the DFAT and Australian NGOs. The AHP delivers more effective, innovative and collaborative humanitarian assistance by allowing Australia to utilise the networks of Australian NGOs to respond to natural disasters and protracted crises in our region and beyond.  AHP is helping to save lives, alleviate suffering and enhance human dignity during and in the aftermath of conflict, disasters and other humanitarian crises.

The program will help to save lives, alleviate suffering and enhance human dignity during and in the aftermath of conflict, disasters and other humanitarian crises.

Australia Assists

Up to $82.2 million globally, 2018-24

Australia Assists is an Australian Government funded program, managed by RedR Australia that deploys Australian specialists to work with governments, multilateral agencies and communities to prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural disasters and conflict.

The program enables the rapid mobilisation and deployment of Australian specialists into geographic and thematic areas of priority in line with Australia's humanitarian responsibilities and our national interests.

Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development – Fiji

Up to $26 million, 2013-23

Pacific Women is a ten-year, $320 million program, funded by the Australian Government, which aims to improve the political, economic and social opportunities of Pacific women. Pacific Women supports countries to meet their gender equality commitments.  Priorities in the current phase (July 2018-June 2021) are to strengthen monitoring, evaluation and learning across the program and develop a clear strategy on women’s economic empowerment.

The Fiji Women's Fund

In 2017, Pacific Women established the Fiji Women's Fund (the Fund) to support women's groups, organisations and networks in Fiji through grants that promote gender equality. The ultimate aim is that the Fund will become an independent local entity supported by the private sector and local philanthropy.

Related documents*

Name of document Year published Type
Pacific Women: Fiji Country Plan review and management response 2017 Independent evaluation
Pacific Women: Fiji Country Plan Summary 2019 Country Context
Fiji Women's Fund (FWF) mid term review and management response 2020 Mid term review and management response

For more information, see the Pacific Women website.

Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP)

Fiji is an active participant in the SWP. In June 2015, the Australian Government announced an expansion of the SWP by removing the annual limit on the number of seasonal workers who can participate in the program. The program was also expanded to include the accommodation sector, as well as the agriculture sector, providing more opportunities for Fijians to participate. As of 31 December 2018, 769 Fijian workers (88 women and 681 men) have participated in the program. As at 31 January 2020, 1232 Fijian workers have participated in the program.

More information on Seasonal Worker Programme

The Pacific Labour Scheme

Fiji joined the Pacific Labour Scheme (Scheme) in April 2019, and already 219 Fijian workers have participated in the scheme (as of 31 January 2020).  The Scheme is helping to meet business demand across all sectors in rural and regional Australia. Workers from Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Vanuatu are currently able to apply for low and semi-skilled employment in Australia under the Scheme.

* The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is committed to high standards of transparency and accountability in the management of the Australian aid program through publishing information on our website, including policies, plans, results, evaluations and research. Our practice is to publish documents 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.

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