Australian High Commission
Republic of Nauru

Direct Aid Program



The Nauru Infant Music School Program


Samvic Namaduk (keyboards) and Anna Namaduk (guitar) prepare to entertain and educate infant school children with the assistance of school staff                                                      


The Infant Music Program is a music education program delivered by Brisbane Catholic Education and the Nauru Department of Education. The program provides an opportunity for infant school children and students at the Able Disable Centre to experience and enjoy the music of local artists. In 2016, as part of the Supported Work Experience Program, Anna Namaduk, visited each infant school and shared her love of song and beautiful voice with the children and teachers.

In 2017, with the support from the Australian High Commission Direct Aid Program (DAP), more local artists will have the opportunity to share their talents with the children. As part of the DAP, funds were provided to purchase musical equipment which was distributed to five infant schools and Able Disable Centre, for children and students to fully participate in the program. The Infant Music Program will enhance the music programs already existing in the schools.

The program will also organise the recording of 24 songs sung in both Nauruan and English. Each of the schools will select four songs for an artist to perform and then record with the children. The bilingual aspect of the recordings will support both the language development of Nauruan and English thus helping the children in the infant schools transition into Year 1 with basic English and fluent Nauruan.


Australian Direct Aid Program 2016-17: call for applications

The Australian High Commission is seeking applications for the Australian Direct Aid Program (DAP) 2016-17.

The DAP is a small grants fund that aims to:

1.         Support small-scale projects which can then continue and sustain themselves.

2.         Advance developmental objectives and address humanitarian hardship.

The Australian High Commission can provide grants of up to AUD$15,000. So if you are an individual a community organisation with a program that requires financial assistance, we invite you to submit an application.

Applications open on Thursday, 1 September 2016, and must reach the Australian High Commission by close of business (5:00pm) on Friday, 30th September 2016.

In previous years, the DAP has provided opportunities for people in Nauru to assist in developing their communities through the implementation of a wide range of projects. This includes programs that have developed youth programs and infrastructure in local schools, and addressed issues such as skills development including people with disability. It has also included small-scale environmental programs, and sporting initiatives.

All applications for funding must be made in writing and should provide the following information:

  • a description of the project, including objectives and expected outcomes;
  • comprehensive background information about the implementation group or organization;
  • a Risk assessment strategy;
  • a detailed budget including quotes for items to be purchased; and,
  • the name, address and other contact information of the person or group responsible for the project.

Application forms can be collected in person at the Australian High Commission, MQ 54, NPC Oe, or downloaded here: Direct Aid Program 2016 -2017 Application form

If you require further information, please contact Rene Dube, Public Affairs Officer at the Australian High Commission on 557 3380 ext 211 or via email at


The Ewewi Families - Bright Futures Play Centres

From left: former Assistant Program Manager, Ms Gay Uera, presents Ms Lisa McCutchen with a certificate for DAP Funding.


The Ewewi Families - Bright Futures Play Centres ('Bob the Builder') is a 2015-16 Direct Aid Program funded initiative that aims to build toys for young children attending community play centres.

The program is run by Ms Lisa McCutchen and operates from the Nibok Church Hall from 12:00-15:00 every Saturday.

The program, which relies on volunteers from the community, has succeeded in building a number of toys for young children including toy stoves, double sided black boards and easels.

Experienced carpenters mentor young men and women volunteers from age 14 and above in the construction of the wooden toys and are given the opportunity to learn a new skills and presented with a certificate for their participation.

The initial program began on 20 June, with a great turn out from the Nauru community. "Around 16 young men aged 14+ were mentored by our master carpenters, Richard and Vaesiki from Ronphos, as they created our first community play centre toys - 6 wooden toy stoves. The young men worked solidly for four hours until the job was done. Inspiring stuff, and they had a great time doing it too!" sad Ms McCutchen.


2015-16 Direct Aid Program Grant Recipients Announced

The Australian High Commission in Nauru is pleased to announce the following recipients have been successful in their applications to the Direct Aid Program:

  • Community Friday Night Market ($4990)

    Funding to purchase dedicated equipment for the night markets like lighting, marquees, tables and chairs.

  • Ewewi Families – Bright Futures Play Centres ($4610):

    The project proposes to purchase kits to run a toy-making workshop, with the aim of bringing the community together, teaching skills to the young people who participate in the workshops, while ending up with quality wooden toys for the 0-4 age range play centres.

  • Nauru Indoor Soccer Association ($1820):

    Funding for basic equipment to set up an indoor soccer competition in Nauru. 

  • Nauru Wrestling Association ($3580):

    Funding to support the purchase of gym equipment for training. 

The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a small grants program funded from Australia’s aid budget. It has the flexibility to work with local communities in developing countries on projects that reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development consistent with Australia’s national interest.  It sits alongside Australia’s longer-term country and multilateral development strategies and with its wide geographical reach, plays an important role in supporting local community efforts towards poverty reduction.