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Development assistance in Fiji

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Australia’s development partnership with Fiji

2022-23 bilateral allocation [budget estimate]
$40.0 million
2022-23 total Australian ODA [budget estimate]
$85.6 million
2021-22 bilateral allocation [budget estimate]
$40.0 million
2021-22 total Australian ODA [budget estimate]
$81.2 million
2020-21 total Australian ODA [budget actual]
$106.4 million

Fiji also benefited from temporary, targeted and supplementary (TTS) measures. For details on these measures, please see the Australia’s Official Development Assistance: Statistical Summary 2020-21.

Australia's development program to Fiji supports Australia’s national interest in a stable and resilient Fiji, that is a key hub for the Pacific community.

Pillar 1 — Health security

Australia is Fiji’s largest public health partner and has responded to Fiji’s most acute health needs and priorities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our support has built institutional capacity, strengthened the health system, helped improve patient care (especially maternal, new-born and child health), improved water, sanitation and hygiene, and supplied critical vaccines. In 2021, Australia deployed three Australian Medical Assistance teams with embedded New Zealand health specialists to support Fiji's emergency health response to its COVID-19 outbreak. Australia also supported Fiji’s Centre for Disease Control to enhance and strengthen testing and tracing capabilities, including through the recruitment of laboratory staff, and procurement of personal protective equipment and medical supplies.

Australia has committed $16.9 million over three years (2020-23) for COVID-19 vaccine access in Fiji, including delivery support and vaccine procurement, drawing on Australia’s Regional COVID-19 Vaccine Access and Health Security Initiative (VAHSI). Through VAHSI, Australia is supporting Fiji and other Pacific island countries to achieve comprehensive vaccine coverage. This is in addition to Australia’s support for the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) Advance Market Commitment. In 2021, Australia shared 1,076,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses and associated consumables with Fiji. Australia continues to support Fiji’s vaccine rollout in 2022.

Pillar 2 — Stability

As a key Pacific economy and a regional hub, Fiji’s stability is of great importance to the Pacific. Fiji’s protracted tourism shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in wide-spread job losses, leaving around 115,000 Fijians unemployed or on reduced hours. A third of these were women. Australia’s support has focussed on strengthening Government of Fiji’s national policies and institutions, including the national social protection system, gender equality and education. With growing demand for increased public sector efficiency in light of reduced domestic revenue, Australia’s governance program is supporting productive peer-to-peer partnerships with key institutions, including Parliament and the Fijian Elections Office.

Pillar 3 — Economic recovery

Australia moved quickly to respond to the severe impact of COVID-19 on the Fijian economy. We are contributing to Fiji’s efforts to maintain fiscal sustainability In 2020-21, Australia provided Fiji with $83.5 million in budget support. In 2021-22, Australia provided $85 million in budget support to help the Government of Fiji shore up its fiscal position and bolster economic recovery. Australia’s budget support during the pandemic has enabled Fiji to maintain expenditure in key areas like health and social protection, and strengthened Fiji’s fiscal position and debt profile, better positioning Fiji’s economy for recovery. Separately, our private sector investments, including the Market Development Facility and Australia-International Finance Corporation Partnership, were reoriented to find opportunities for the tourist sector to rebound, while economic growth programs began exploring economic diversification opportunities. We are assisting Fiji to improve efficiency of service delivery and promote broad-based, private sector-led economic growth.

Fiji Program Support Facility

Up to $92 million, 2016-25

The Fiji Program Support Facility (the Facility) was established in 2017 to support Australia's delivery of education, health, governance and scholarship programs in Fiji, as well as the scholarships and education programs in Tuvalu. Over the past five years, working in close partnership with the Governments of Fiji and Tuvalu, the Facility has implemented almost half of the Australian Government's bilateral aid program to Fiji and Tuvalu. The Facility integrates civil society engagement, gender equality, disability inclusion, emergency preparedness and response, and climate change across the programs it implements.

The Facility offers greater efficiencies, promotes coherence across programs and provides an overarching structure through which the Government of Australia can coordinate its development relationship with the governments of Fiji and Tuvalu. Alongside this, accelerated lesson learning and application of cross cutting themes drives greater development impact and effectiveness, which provides better value for money and opportunity for the people of Fiji.

Our results

Key recent achievements attributable to Australian development assistance in Fiji include:

  • Australia delivered a total of 1,076,000 COVID-19 doses to Fiji in 2021, including 867,000 Australian-produced AstraZeneca doses.
  • Australia supported a range of Fijian health measures in response to the pandemic, including the development of the Fiji National Vaccine Deployment Plan, the procurement of medical supplies and lab consumables for Fiji’s Centre for Disease Control, and personal protective equipment and flu vaccines for frontline health staff.
  • Australia provided fiscal support under its COVID-19 response package and other ODA allocations in 2020-21 totalling $83.5 million. Of this, $20 million was specifically earmarked for support to Fiji’s social protection schemes. In 2021-22, an addition $85 million was provided to the Government of Fiji as general budget support to assist Fiji mitigate the economic impacts of the pandemic.
  • In response to Tropical Cyclones Ana (2021) and Yasa (2020), Australia supported emergency assistance for 75,329 people (37,074 women and girls). This included food rations and backyard garden support for 5,197 households.
  • In the aftermath of the cyclones, Australia also supported the Fiji National Disaster Management Office to restore emergency communication capabilities.
  • Australia funded business surveys to assist Fijian businesses, government agencies and development partners on economic recovery and to inform the Fijian Governments economic policy actions.
  • Australia supported 266 women to access financial/business development services. This included: providing financial and business development advice to 218 women entrepreneurs; social media promotion in support for 23 women-run Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs); and support for access to new sales channels for 13 women-led MSMEs.
  • Australian development funding supported 1,305 women and girl survivors of violence in Fiji to receive services such as counselling, including over 2,200 repeat counselling sessions.
  • Australia supported 3,029 additional school enrolments (1,474 girls) in Fiji in 2019-20, including 79 students with disabilities.
  • 56 Australia Awards (29 women) were offered to Fijians for the 2022 intake in the priority areas of: health system strengthening (26), infrastructure (10), governance (7), and environment (13).
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