Australia Awards Alumni Showcase on Women’s Health
Australia Awards Alumni Showcase on Women’s Health featuring presentations on “Parental Acceptance . . . of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine in Timor-Leste” and on “Sexual and Reproductive Health for Youth and Adolescents in Timor-Leste” followed by a Q&A discussion.
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Alumni of the Year Awards Celebration
The second Alumni of the Year Awards acknowledge the contribution made by Australia Award alumni to . . . the development of Timor-Leste.
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Inauguration of a water drilling, drip irrigation and greenhouse project at Community Development Training Centre
CDC currently delivers a Certificate I in Agriculture and will use its new facilities to improve . . . technical training skills and to apply for accreditation at Certificate II.
The facilities will be officially opened by the Secretary of State for Training, Alarico de Rosario and Nick Cumpston from the Australian Embassy in Timor-Leste.




Opening of new restaurant and training facilities at CFIJC
On Tuesday 15th December, Manatuto will gain a new restaurant and students at CFIJC will get . . . practical training facilities.
The new facilities will be inaugurated by the Secretary of State for SEFOPE, Alarico de Rosario and the Australian Ambassador to Timor-Leste, Peter Roberts.
The project was developed in partnership between the Australian Government, SEFOPE and INDMO.

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Call for applications from permanent Public Servants and People with Disabilities for new 2021 English Language short courses
For the second year running 50 Timorese men and women will have the opportunity to improve their . . . English language skills via a fully funded four-month academic English language short course.
The training, commencing in February and March 2021, is designed to further the career and academic opportunities for permanent public servants and people living with a disability. It also provides a pathway for participants to apply for international scholarships including Australia’s own scholarship program, the Australia Awards.
English language skills are recognised by the Government of Timor-Leste, civil society organisations and the private sector as crucial for their staff to engage in an increasingly international work environment.
2020 English Language short course graduate, Amena da Costa, who is living with a disability and works for Australia’s Governance for Development Program said,
“This opportunity was a very significant learning process. I improved my academic English language including how to develop sentences, ask questions, think critically and communicate confidently at work. I also learnt how to work in a team by listening to other’s opinions and contributing to tasks.”
To check the short course eligibility criteria and to apply please visit the following link below.
Both short courses are funded by the Australian Government and are administered by Workforce Development Program Timor-Leste.




Australia Awards celebrate 20 years in Timor-Leste
Media Release
Dili, Timor-Leste
30th January 2021
We are delighted to announce the newest Australia Awards scholarship recipients for 2021.
Since the Australia Awards Scholarship program was introduced in Timor-Leste 20 years ago, 439 scholarships have been awarded to date. This year, thirteen talented women and men will get a life-changing opportunity to study at prestigious Australian universities.
These new awardees for 2021 will study subjects ranging from economics and cybersecurity, to education and nutrition, in support of the Government of Timor Leste’s National Development Priorities (2011-30) and Australia’s ‘Partnerships for Recovery’ strategy.
Thirty-three year old Awardee, Agostinho Araujo Pereira, from Dili, will study a Masters of Cybersecurity and is looking forward to developing his knowledge of information technology in Australia.
I want to contribute skills to help develop the government’s ICT policy and regulations. Once I’ve completed my Masters, my goal is to return to Timor Leste to support economic recovery.
Australian Ambassador, Peter Roberts OAM, said
“In this 20th anniversary year of our scholarships program, I’m especially delighted to congratulate the talented young men and women selected to study at universities across Australia.
The scholarship experience is so much more than developing new skills and contributing to Timor Leste’s future development, it’s also about building new and enduring friendships with Australians.”
On graduation, awardees will bring back new skills and knowledge that help support sustainable social and economic development, furthering Timor Leste’s recovery from the impacts of COVID-19.
Back home they will join a cohort of more than 334 Australia Awards Alumni, many of whom are now in influential leadership roles. And all of whom are using their skills, knowledge, and passion to improve Timor Leste’s future.
For more information about how to apply for an Australia Awards Scholarship for the 2022 intake visit and follow @WorkforceDevTL on Twitter #AustraliaAwards

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