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Development assistance in Timor-Leste

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Strengthening governance and institutions


Australia is working in partnership with the Timor-Leste Government to improve society, by making it easier for people to participate in decision-making, improving governance at the sub-national level and by improving government decision making and use of evidence to develop policy. We are:

  • Assisting Timor-Leste government agencies to make informed economic decisions to promote fiscal sustainability and improve the quality and impact of government spending on services.
  • Helping government agencies reduce the costs of doing business by supporting reforms to the policy and regulatory environment.
  • Encouraging constructive participation from civil society and the private sector in developing national policies and monitoring their effectiveness.

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) is assisting Timor-Leste to build a legitimate, effective and accountable police service. The AFP works with the Timor-Leste National Police Force (PNTL) to reduce the prospect of future conflict and increase community access to formal justice systems, particularly in cases of violence against women.


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Governance for Development

$46.37 million, 2014-21

Australia's Governance for Development program helps Timor-Leste Government agencies to develop good policy and improve government systems. It also helps civil society engage with government decision making. The program works in a range of important areas, including public financial management, economic policy, enabling business and investment, public service administration, law reform and financial services. Australia's assistance helps the government and civil society to facilitate economic development and leads to better service delivery.

The program is implemented by Cardno Emerging Markets. A second phase of the Program commenced in July 2017.

Related documents*

Name of document Year published Type
Interim East Timor Governance for Development Program Design Document 2011 Design
Interim East Timor Governance for Development Program Concept Note 2011 Concept note
Functional and Organisational Review of the Civil Service Commission in Timor-Leste 2012 Review
Timor-Leste Governance for Development Investment Design 2013 Investment Design
Monitoring and learning system 2015 M&E framework
Gender-Responsive Budgeting Policy Note Mainstreaming gender into the Public Financial Management reform 2017 Policy Note
Review of Australia's contribution to private sector development in Timor-Leste and DFAT management response 2018 Review
Review of Australia’s Governance for Development program in Timor-Leste and management response 2019 Review and management response

* 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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