Development assistance in Fiji
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
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. 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 COVID-19. Australia also supported Fiji’s Centre for Disease Control to enhance and strengthen COVID-19 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 vaccine access in Fiji, including COVID-19 vaccine procurement and delivery support, 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 more than 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses and associated consumables with Fiji. Australia continues to support Fiji’s vaccination and immunisation programs.
Further information on programs addressing health security in Fiji.
Pillar 2 — Stability
As a key Pacific economy and a regional hub, Fiji’s stability is of great importance to the region and Australia. Australia’s support has focussed on strengthening Government of Fiji’s national policies and institutions, including the national social protection system, gender equality, education and the Fijian public service. Australia’s governance program is supporting productive peer-to-peer partnerships with key institutions, including Parliament, news media, and the Fijian Elections Office.
Further information on programs addressing stability in Fiji.
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 through targeted 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 through the Market Development Facility and the Australia-International Finance Corporation Partnership, were reoriented to find opportunities for the tourism 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.
Further information on programs addressing economic recovery in Fiji.
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. Over the past five years, working in close partnership with the Government of Fiji the Facility has implemented almost half of the Australian Government's bilateral aid program to Fiji. The Facility integrates civil society engagement, gender equality, disability inclusion, emergency preparedness and response, and climate change across the programs it implements.
The Facility 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.