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Tuesday, 14 June 2011
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Foreign Aid Budget

(Question No. 280)


Mr Laurie Ferguson asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, in writing, on 21 March 2011:

In the calendar years 2009, 2010 and 2011 (to date), within our Foreign Aid Budget, how many tertiary scholarships were awarded to (a) Indonesian citizens, (b) Indonesian public servants, and (c) people residing in Java.


Mr Rudd: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Within the foreign aid budget, the Australian Government offers long-term and short-term awards, administered under the Australia Awards.

Long-term Australia Awards are tertiary scholarships for study towards undergraduate and post-graduate qualifications. In the calendar years 2009, 2010 and 2011, Indonesian citizens were awarded a combined total of 1,041 long-term Australia Awards, including 688 public servants and 617 residents of Java.

Short-term Australia Awards include fellowships and professional development programs at a range of organisations, including tertiary institutions. Short-term awards do not necessarily result in a formal qualification. In the calendar years 2009, 2010 and 2011, Indonesian citizenswere awarded a combined total of 362 short-term Australia Awards for placement at tertiary institutions. This includes 210 public servants and 207 residents of Java.

The majority of Australia Awards awarded to Indonesia are administered by the Australian Agency for International Development, with the remainder administered by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

The yearly breakdowns of the long and short-term Australia Awards are shown below:

Long-term Australia Awards awarded to Indonesia

2009

2010

2011 to date

Total

a) Indonesian Citizens

336

341

364

1041

b) Indonesian Public Servants

226

219

243

688

c) People Residing in Java

189

211

217

617

 

Short-term Australia Awards awarded to Indonesia (tertiary placements)

2009

2010

2011 to date

Total

a) Indonesian Citizens

123

118

121

362

b) Indonesian Public Servants

50

56

104

210

c) People Residing in Java

85

71

51

207