Australia has provided development assistance to Vanuatu for many years. Long-term scholarships provide opportunities for Ni-Vanuatu to study in Australia or the Pacific region. Australia Awards Scholarships address human capacity needs in Vanuatu and build people-to-people links.
The program operates under a Memorandum of Understanding between the Governments of Australia and Vanuatu and is administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Each year DFAT reviews program activities and achievements from the previous year and uses these lessons to set directions for the following year.
The Australian Government values contributions from all people. It seeks equity and broad participation by all groups in society: women, men, people with disabilities and people living in all provinces.
A Monitoring and Evaluation Plan is in place to measure program achievements and progress towards its goal and objectives. The framework also provides information on the efficiency and effectiveness of program delivery.