Indonesia increases special autonomy funds for Papua, West Papua, Aceh

Indonesia increases special autonomy funds for Papua, West Papua, Aceh
Tempo Interaktif, 16 August 2010

On 16 August 2010, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono announced an increase of special autonomy and regional funds allocated to Papua, West Papua and Aceh for 2011. The total figure would be IDR 49.3 trillion [approximately AUD 6.1 billion], an increase of 63.2 per cent or IDR 19.1 trillion from the 2010 Revised State Budget.

According to the President, IDR 10.3 trillion of the IDR 49.3 trillion would be allocated to special autonomy funds, with Papua receiving IDR 3.1 trillion, West Papua receiving IDR 1.3 trillion and Aceh receiving IDR 4.4 trillion.

The remaining IDR 39 trillion has been allocated for regional subsidy funds, representing an increase of 84.4 per cent on the 2010 figure. IDR 16.8 trillion of the regional subsidy funds have been taken from the Education Ministry's school operational assistance programme (BOS). Some of the funds will be used for increases in the professional allowances of regional civil servants who work as teachers.

Papua and West Papua were also allocated additional funds of IDR 1.4 trillion for regional infrastructure.