AFP Budget: Timor-Leste

AFP Budget: Timor-Leste

Government sources


Australian Federal Police, Attorney General’s Department Portfolio Budget Statement, 2009-10.

1.6.1—Timor-Leste Police Development Program  $8,626,000 (2009-10)

To work with the Government of Timor-Leste and other partners to build the foundations of a more effective and accountable police service for the people of Timor-Leste through:

  • establishing a police service which is sufficiently robust to continue operating as a legitimate entity (within the law) when confronted by serious domestic crisis, and
  • establishing a policing capability where the governance, values and operational characteristics of the Policia Nacional de Timor-Leste (PNTL) support increasingly strengthened rule of law in an emerging democracy.

The Timor-Leste Police Development Program will work cooperatively with stakeholders to build the leader, build the police officer, build the institution and build the individual through nine initiatives:

  • development of PNTL leadership capability through training, professional coaching and ongoing mentoring
  • development and enhancement of police management skills through multi‑level training and provision of a pool of management advisers
  • enhancement of PNTL vocational police skills through the provision of expert advisers to the PNTL Academy and Workplace Training Teams across Timor-Leste
  • cooperative development and implementation of a full range of corporate policies, processes and practices
  • cooperative development and implementation of operational policies, processes and practices through the provision of expert advisers
  • development of the human capital of the PNTL through the establishment of an educational extension facility attached to the PNTL Academy
  • enhancement of PNTL accountability and transparency through the provision of expert advisers
  • funding of fellowships in Timorese academic and policy institutions to support domestic research and stimulate thought and policy advice on rule of law, and
  • provision of resources to eliminate barriers to progress and to take advantage of opportunities to accelerate police development with particular emphasis on community involvement and broader security sector reform.


AFP Training for Overseas Policing, Minister for Home Affairs Bob Debus Media release, 13 May 2008

The Australian Federal Police will receive $53.7 million over the next two years to help develop a more effective police service for the people of East Timor. The Minister for Home Affairs Bob Debus said funding the second stage of the East Timor Police Development Program would allow the deployment of up to 80 specialist personnel engaged in capacity development in the country.

“ ‘This funding recognises the need to develop strong infrastructure in East Timor, almost doubling the previous four-year allocation. The Rudd Government is committed to playing its part in ensuring security and stability in East Timor and supporting long-term growth and development. This program aims to improve both policing skills and the general education of police and build solid foundations for the development of a more effective Policia Nacional de Timor-Leste (PNTL).’

The funding will help develop more than 2000 PNTL members located outside Dili, as well as providing opportunities for those stationed in the capital. The program will deliver support for literacy and general police education to improve skills and develop a more solid base for East Timor’s police force.”


Australian Federal Police Annual Report 2006 – 2007, Chapter 3 – Performance Details, 2007 pp.60

“The TLPDP was established on 31 July 2004. It was funded by the Australian government (AFP $20 million; AusAID $12 million) and the UK government ($1.1 million).”

The Auditor General Audit Report No.53 Australian Federal Police Overseas Operations, Australian National Audit Office, 2006 – 2007

“The AFP will receive a total of $258.9 million in 2006-2007 for IDG activities. This includes…$30.2 million for peace monitoring in Timor-Leste.”