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Group photo of Australian Defence Force and Australian Federal Police with officers from Samoa’s Police, Prisons and Corrections Service (SPPCS)
Representatives from the Australian Defence Force and Australian Federal Police with officers from Samoa’s Police, Prisons and Corrections Service (SPPCS) during the 2021 Joint Heads of Pacific Security (JHOPS) virtual meeting. Credit: DFAT.

Overview

Australia is supporting Samoa to enhance its delivery of essential services to better support vulnerable populations disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, including women and girls and people with disabilities. Australia will continue to invest in Samoa’s disaster and climate resilience and preparedness, including by incorporating climate change considerations in all our programs.

We are continuing our support to education in Samoa, including through strengthening online education, improving teacher quality, and enhancing the quality and relevance of technical and vocational education and training programs.

The Australian Federal Police are working closely with the Samoa Police Service to build Samoa’s border policing capability and to strengthen core policing functions, including addressing gender based violence.

Education Sector Support Program

$14.1 million, 2019-2024

The Education Sector Support Program Phase 2 is a joint Australia and New Zealand program that focuses on strengthening quality and inclusiveness of early childhood primary, secondary and post-secondary education. The program has also supported the sector’s pivot to address the impacts of disruptions such as the measles outbreak and COVID-19 pandemic.

Related documents

Name of document Year published
Samoa Education Sector Support Program Design Document 2020-2024 2020

Women in Leadership in Samoa

$3 million, 2018-2022

The Women in Leadership Program aims to support women’s leadership and gender equality in Samoa through strengthening leadership pathways and supporting education and awareness on the benefits of political inclusion. It also shares knowledge of Samoa's experience in promoting women's leadership.

Related documents

Name of document Year published
WILS Project Summary 2018

Samoa Disability Partnership Program

$2.2 million, 2018-2022

The Program supports the Government of Samoa’s implementation of disability-inclusive policies, plans and programs toward an inclusive and barrier free society which advocates for and empowers people with disabilities. It strengthens the capacity of disabled-peoples organisations to enhance their participation in national, sector and community development. Improved access to services for people with disabilities, particularly the development of coordinated hearing services, is also a goal of the program.

Related documents

Name of document Year published
Samoa Disability Partnership Program Design 2019

Australia Awards Scholarship Program

$22 million, 2018 – 2022

Australia Awards scholarships are prestigious international awards offered by the Australian Government to the next generation of global leaders for development. Through study and research at Australian tertiary institutions, recipients develop the skills and knowledge to drive change and help build enduring people-to-people links with Australia.

Related documents

Name of document

Australia Awards - Samoa Profile

Australia Awards Pacific Scholarship Program

$3.2 million, 2018 – 2022

Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships are prestigious international awards offered by the Australian Government to the next generation of global leaders for development. Through study and research at regional tertiary institutions, recipients develop the skills and knowledge to drive change and help build enduring people-to-people links with Australia and the Pacific Region.

Australia Online Study Scholarship Program

$1.8 million, 2019 – 2025

The Australia Online Study Scholarships (previously known as Distance Flexible Learning Scholarships) provide Samoan professionals the opportunity to undertake part time postgraduate online study at an Australian tertiary institution. Through postgraduate study the recipients develop the skills and knowledge to drive change in their fields of expertise while still working in Samoa.

Strengthening Cyber Security in Samoa Program

$1.6 million, 2020 – 2024

The Strengthening Cyber Security program provides support for the Government of Samoa to build its cyber incident response capability through technical assistance and direct funding to establish the Samoa Cyber Emergency Response Team (SamCERT). SamCERT coordinates economy-wide responses to cyber threats, risks and attacks.  

Samoa Human Development and Social Inclusion Investment

In design, estimated $37 million, 2021-2029

The Samoa Human Development and Social Inclusion (HDSI) Investment will bring together Australia’s support to health, education, gender, disability and social protection. The goal of HDSI is to accelerate progress towards improved human development outcomes for all Samoans. It is currently in design and is expected to begin implementation in September 2022.

Markets for Change

$5.3 million, 2021-26

Markets for Change (M4C) is a joint UN program, led by UNWomen, aimed at ensuring that marketplaces in rural and urban areas are safe, inclusive, non-discriminatory, promote gender equality and women's empowerment. M4C involves an innovative approach with the overall goal of achieving gender-equitable economic and sociocultural empowerment of women market vendors.

Better Brains, Better Futures – Early Childhood Development Project

$1.4 million, 2021-23

The Better Brains, Better Futures is a UNICEF project to improve early childhood development outcomes in Samoa. It takes a multi-sectoral approach and a Samoan model for early childhood development and will focus on improving policy and coordination and engagement with communities on early childhood development.

Australia Pacific Training Coalition

$1.7 million, 2020-2022

During 2020-22, the bilateral development program contributed $1.7 million to the Australia Pacific Training Coalition to deliver quality technical and vocational education and training programs to address key skills gaps including in counselling and construction.

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