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Thursday, 13 February 2003
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Ms Burke asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 5 December 2002:

(1) What level of financial aid was committed to East Timor in the (a) 2001-2002 and (b) 2002-2003 Budgets.

(2) Are benchmarks established to measure the effectiveness of each project undertaken in East Timor; if so, has each aid project met its benchmarks.

(3) For each government funded aid project in East Timor, (a) what was the total funding allocation and (b) what proportion of the project has been completed.


Mr Downer (Minister for Foreign Affairs) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) In 2001-2002 the allocation was $40.4 million. In 2002-2003 the allocation is $36 million. These allocations contribute towards fulfilment of the Australian Government's pledge of $150 million in bilateral aid to East Timor for the four-year period 2000-01 to 2003-04.

(2) In order to monitor the effectiveness of projects supported by Australia's aid program, AusAID establishes key performance indicators for each of its aid activities as part of the project design process. These indicators allow informed judgements to be made about the overall quality of country programs and about the extent to which individual activities are achieving their objectives. In the case of East Timor, the country program exceeded AusAID's stated target of 75% of activities rated “satisfactory overall” or better in 2001-02. AusAID is presently finalising the results of a major review of Australia's interim aid strategy to East Timor (2000-2002). This review is the first step in developing a new country strategy for Australia's aid to East Timor. In addition, the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) is presently undertaking a performance audit of Australia's aid program to East Timor. ANAO's report is expected to be tabled in Parliament in mid-2003.

(3) A list of Australia's aid activities in East Timor since September 1999, showing each project's funding allocation and implementation status (in terms of proportion of funds expended), is attached. It should be noted that total financial approvals reflect anticipated costs as at the time of approval.

East Timor

Australian Aid Activities from September 1999

Activity Name

Total Financial Approval

Portion Complete(in terms of expenditure against the financial approval)

Technical Assistance - Central Fiscal Authority (Budget)

2,250,000

95%

World Bank Trust Fund (Trust Fund for East Timor)

18,715,487

100%

Quarantine Assistance Program (through AQIS)

6,400,000

51%

Mental Health Activity - East Timor

1,839,273

completed

Assistance to Bia Hula (East Timorese Water Supply NGO)

548,510

completed

East Timor Ross Trust Fellowship Program

385,046

98%

Electoral Capacity Building Project

2,032,000

completed

Rural Development Program

18,568,500

20%

Parliament House Project

3,628,200

completed

National Oral Health Program

5,216,000

19%

Community Water Supply & Sanitation Project

14,500,000

17%

English Language Teaching

107,894

completed

East Timor Australian Development Scholarships

12,522,272

43%

East Timor Community Assistance Scheme

3,550,000

54%

Civic Education (including co-financed activities with UNDP

900,000

completed

Specialist Services Project - National Hospital, Dili

3,678,500

12%

Maths and Science Testing

567,845

90%

Capacity Building Facility (Successor to Interim Capacity building Program for East Timor)

21,030,000

1%

Interim Capacity building Program for East Timor- Governance

6,986,535

95%

Interim Capacity building Program for East Timor- Rural Development/Agriculture/Environment

1,941,082

86%

Interim Capacity building Program for East Timor - Water Supply

2,056,460

83%

Interim Capacity building Program for East Timor - Health (Tech Assistance)

1,521,686

34%

Interim Capacity building program for East Timor - Education

2,449,739

completed

Interim Capacity building Program for East Timor - Health (Tech Assistance)

1,521,686

34%

National Mental Health Project

3,550,000

1%

Moris Rasik Microfinance Project

450,000

91%

Training for Development & Capacity Building

896,150

65%

NGO Capacity Building in Bobanaro District

982,360

63%

Employment Centre Project

577,368

84%

Grassroots NGO Capacity Building Scheme

137,494

completed

Community Based Eco-tourism - Atauro Island

314,573

57%

Capacity Building of Fundacao Haburas (indigenous NGO)

142,498

86%

Microenterprise in East Timor

761,157

81%

Community Empowerment & Strengthening Human Resources

345,569

99%

Independence Preps (includes Nat. Exhibition and Community Centre)

3,537,717

completed

East Timor Transition Support Program

24,000,000

43%

Technical Services (specialist advice and equipment)

8,532,771

76%

Fisheries Management Capacity Building

2,029,500

4%

HIV/AIDS Activity

165,000

43%

UNICEF Institutional Capacity Building (co-financing)

1,730,000

completed

WHO Roll Back Malaria (co-financing)

852,145

completed

WHO Health Surveillance in East Timor (co-financing)

1,002,523

completed

WHO National Tuberculosis Program (co-financing)

150,379

completed

ICRC Tracing and Reunification (co-financing)

1,482,434

completed

UNDP Rural Roads (co-financing)

488,908

completed

Training Customs Officers for East Timor

293,885

completed

Contribution to UNTAET Trust Fund

10,416,332

completed

Humanitarian Package One - emergency relief

2,741,599

completed

Humanitarian Package Two - emergency relief

3,998,841

completed

Humanitarian Package Three - emergency relief

4,489,934

completed

CAA Emergency Water and Sanitation

1,000,000

completed

Shelter Rehabilitation Assistance

1,000,000

completed

Water Supply and Sanitation Activity

3,045,632

completed

Design of School Furniture

52,827

completed

Emergency Psychiatric Outreach Service

30,000

completed

School Rehabilitation Program - CMU

1,354,538

completed

Asbestos Removal from Damaged Buildings

186,575

completed

Post Secondary education program

21,140

completed

National Tuberculosis Program

81,656

completed

Staffing Assistance Program for East Timor /Capacity building Program for East Timor Review Activities

157,085

completed

Anti-Corruption Awareness Project

97,293

completed

Integrated Assistance to Vulnerable Women

329,442

completed

Timor Animal Health Project

121,471

completed

Bia Hula Development Project (East Timorese NGO)

86,286

completed

IOM Return of Displaced People

3,000,000

completed

Staffing Assistance Program (SAPET)

4,514,622

completed

UNHCR Shelter Program

5,000,000

completed

Catholic Relief Service Peacebuilding Project

345,000

completed