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Support for skills training in Indonesia.



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MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS ALEXANDER DOWNER

Media Release

AA 03 087 Monday 8 December 2003

Support for skills training in Indonesia

Increased Australian support for skills training in Indonesia I am pleased to announce the Australian Government will make a further substantial commitment to the delivery of a wide range of specialised skills training courses for the Indonesian people.

I have approved the commitment of $62.5 million for a third, five-year phase of the Indonesia Australia Specialised Training Project (IASTP) (2004-2009). Around two-thirds of this will be for governance-related training in areas such as economic management, public sector accountability and capacity building at district level to improve delivery of basic services.

The IASTP uses Australian and Indonesian training providers to deliver specialised courses tailored for the Indonesian context. Trainees are encouraged and supported in promoting their skills in their workplaces, and mentors are used to enhance sustainability.

IASTP has been highly successful in addressing skills gaps in Indonesian government, private and community sectors.

Phase Two of IASTP (1998-2004), for example, is delivering more than 750 courses to some 15,000 people from a wide range of Indonesian institutions.

Significantly, the IASTP is structured to provide flexibility, which enables us to respond to emerging priorities, such as assistance to Bali's health system.

Training programs are conducted mainly in Indonesia and are designed in close consultation with Indonesian government agencies.

The success of the IASTP model has become widely known in Indonesia and other major donors have expressed interest in adopting key features of the Australian program in designing their own training programs.

Contacts: Chris Kenny (Minister's office) (02) 6277 7500 or 0419 206 890 Jo Elsom (AusAID) (02) 6206 4960 or 0412 804 489