The Australian High Commission in Port Moresby has released a report “Highlights of Australia’s development assistance to Bougainville 2012-2014 ” in the following essential areas: Photo above Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop recently in Arawa
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Law and Justice,
Australia has been increasing its assistance to Bougainville in support of the Bougainville Peace Agreement (BPA), to which Australia is a witness.
In 2013-14, Australia provided nearly PGK100 million in assistance.
The bulk of Australia’s assistance to Bougainville has been provided through our national programs in health, education, transport infrastructure, and law and justice.
Support in these sectors is aimed at improving service delivery across Bougainville.
Australia also gives Bougainville special consideration due to its post-conflict status, providing additional advisory support through the Provincial and Local level Governments Program and targeted assistance through the Governance and Implementation Fund, to help implement autonomy and public sector reform, support economic development and improve governance.
Australia is also keen to increase its support in the area of economic development, expanding on the work already underway through the aid program.
|In Education, Australia will construct further classrooms, teacher houses and ablution blocks across Bougainville. This will improve access to education and assist in growing school communities by providing houses for new teachers.|
|In Law and Justice, Australia will continue to provide training support and mentoring to the BPS and other law and justice agencies. More funding for infrastructure will be given, building on the significant infrastructure support we have provided over the last two years.|
|In Transport, Australia will continue to repair and maintain hundreds of kilometres of Bougainville’s main road network, and look to seal another section of road in Central Bougainville. We will also turn our attention more to South Bougainville, with additional funding earmarked for maintenance of the region’s roads.|
|Australia will expand its efforts to help the ABG and PNG Government to implement the Bougainville Peace Agreement. In doing so, we will be providing increased advisory support in a range of key areas including: planning and delivery of infrastructure; human resources; public financial management; organisational management and planning; policy making; legal advice and drafting; peace building; communications; law and justice; and health.|
|The Governance and Implementation Fund will be expanded and pursue a number of high profile projects. Examples include the roll-out of shared email and internet access across the ABG, facilitating better communication and data storage; support to the Division of Human Resources to recruit new public servants to fill the many vacancies across the public service; expansion of the GIF’s adult literacy program; and delivery of key infrastructure projects, including Council of Elders facilities in Panguna, Tinputz and Kunua, a state house complex in Arawa and refurbishment of the Office of the Chief Secretary.|
Past work Including
|In 2012 and 2013, Australia provided medical kits containing essential medical supplies from quality-assured organisations, improving the availability of medicines across the region.|
|Between 2012 and 2014, Australia built a double classroom, teacher’s house, office and an ablution block in 20 primary schools across Bougainville.|
|This support has improved the learning environment in the selected schools, reduced class sizes and improved health and hygiene.|
|As a result of Australia’s investment in education infrastructure in Bougainville, up to 1,600 students have access to a better learning environment and improved health and hygiene facilities.|
|In 2012 and 2013, Australia supported the roll-out of the PNG Government’s Tuition Fee Free Education Policy, which directly benefited more than 50,000 Bougainvillean children and their families.|
|Australia has invested in restoring Bougainville’s law and justice sector.|
|In the last two years, Australia has provided significant support for infrastructure rehabilitation, including:|
|• construction of dormitories at the Bougainville Police Service (BPS) Training Centre in Buka|
|• construction of police accommodation in Buka, Wakunai, Tinputz, Arawa and Buin for more than 100 BPS officers;|
|• refurbishment and additions to the Buka and Wakunai police stations, including the opening of Family and Sexual Violence Unit, police Q-Store and cell block;|
|• construction of a law and justice sector training centre in Arawa;|
|• construction of a court house in Buin;|
|• construction of community justice centres in Tinputz, Wakunai and Torokina; and|
|• construction of a family violence safe house for women in Buin, and a market upgrade in Buka.|