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Stepping-up in Kiribati

Stepping-up in Kiribati

Australia and Kiribati enjoy close and longstanding relations based on regional and international cooperation, trade links, a substantial development assistance program, support for maritime surveillance and broader security operation, and people to people contacts. Australia's vision is to support Kiribati in its own efforts to strengthen its democratic institutions and economic and environmental resilience. Australia is supporting the Government of Kiribati's development strategy, KV20.

The main road linking the islands of South Tarawa. Photo: Rob Madsen

Labour mobility

Kiribati participates in the Pacific Labour Mobility Scheme, designed to help fill labour shortages in rural and regional Australia and provide employment experience, skills, and income for Kiribati workers. Kiribati is the largest participating country in the scheme.

i-Kiribati workers in Longreach met DFAT's Head of Mission in Kiribati, Bruce Cowled in September 2019. They are in Longreach working in aged care under Australia's Pacific Labour Scheme. Photo: Karen Young

More about Pacific Labour Mobility


Australia is stepping up its support for education in Kiribati. Under Australia's Kiribati Education Improvement Project, 10,000 i-Kiribati school students now study in improved classrooms each year.

Taaken Bairiki Primary School on South Tarawa has been refurbished under Australia's Kiribati Education Improvement Project. Photo: Rimon Rimon

Read the latest independent evaluation of the Kiribati Education Improvement Program


Building a healthier population will help improve Kiribati's economic resilience and prospects. Australia is supporting the Kiribati Government to enhance Kiribati's capacity to control endemic communicable diseases, reduce disability, strengthen capacity to administer the national health system and respond to national health threats. We are also helping to reduce the incidence of sanitation-related diseases through better water management in partnership with the Asian Development Bank's South Tarawa Sanitation Improvement Sector Program.

Australia supports the Kiribati health sector, focussing on disability prevention and communicable disease. Photo: Rimon Rimon
Last Updated: 10 October 2019
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