Tetra Tech is implementing the Fiji Program Support Facility (the Facility), an Australian Aid initiative, to support the Government of Fiji in the health, education, governance, and emergency preparedness and response sectors, as well as administering Australia Awards in Fiji and Tuvalu.

The Facility provides an overarching structure through which the Australian Government coordinates its development relationship with the Governments of Fiji and Tuvalu. The Facility model offers value for money by increasing operational efficiencies and promoting coherence across programs. The program also accelerates lesson learning and the application of cross-cutting themes, driving greater development impact and effectiveness. In addition, Tetra Tech helps ensure the Facility has dedicated staff who support all programs in integrating gender, disability, and broader social inclusion principles, which is vital when addressing access to services for marginalized and vulnerable communities.

Through the Facility, Tetra Tech integrates cross-cutting themes, including gender equality, disability, and social inclusion; climate change; and disaster risk reduction across sectoral programs. In particular, the Facility seeks to strengthen program outcomes by better addressing the needs of targeted beneficiaries including those who are often marginalized.

The Australian government established the Facility in 2017 to increase the efficiency, effectiveness, and coherence of Australia’s aid program. The Facility, managed by Tetra Tech on behalf of the Australian government, implements Australia’s aid programs in the health, governance, civil society engagement, and emergency preparedness and response sectors in Fiji, and the Australia Awards and education programs in both Fiji and Tuvalu. These programs will represent one third of Australia’s annual bilateral aid to Fiji, amounting to AUD$66 million from 2017 to 2021.

Key sectors supported by the Australian Government and administered by the Facility:

Health: Supporting the Ministry of Health and Medical Services to improve equitable access, safety, quality, and coverage of health services, especially for Fiji’s most vulnerable and marginalized peoples. Our support includes COVID-19 response and the roll out of vaccines. We also support public health services reform; increased access to quality, safe, and patient-focused clinical services; and more efficient health system management.

Education: Supporting the Ministry of Education, Heritage, and Art’s strategic priorities of improved literacy and numeracy, special and inclusive education, strengthened systems and policies, and research-based evidence. In addition, we supported efforts to improve the quality of learning for children, increase access to technical vocational skills, and improve the functioning of the education system and Department of Education in Tuvalu.

Governance: Providing responsive technical assistance to the Government of Fiji to help enhance economic and public sector governance, public financial management, and service delivery.

Emergency preparedness and response: Supporting the Government of Fiji to prepare for and respond to emergencies, including cyclones and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Australia Awards: Providing scholarships through the Australia Awards program in priority sectors identified by the Fiji and Tuvalu governments and the private sector.