This year Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA is hosting a study tour for unionists to visit APHEDA’s projects in Timor Leste.


This study tour has been designed for participants to get a deeper sense of the political history of Timor Leste and the current state of workers’ struggles.

Study tour participants will be able to visit farmers’ cooperatives.

During the tour, participants will meet with unions and visit APHEDA’s projects including the Working Women’s Centre, food cooperatives, and farmers’ unions. They’ll travel to towns and villages including Dili, Balibo, Gleno, Maliana and Same .

There will also be time for sightseeing and enjoying Timor Leste’s beautiful environment.

Dates: August 6-13, 2023

Price: $3700 per person, inclusive of accommodation and travel in-country, and return flights from Darwin to Dili.

Participants will also need to cover the cost of:

  • Flights to/from Darwin
  • Accommodation in Darwin (if required)
  • Travel insurance
  • Pre-travel medicals (including vaccinations, mosquito repellent etc)
  • Meals and beverages (apart from breakfasts included with accommodation)
  • Laundry
  • Souvenirs and personal items

Anyone who is interested in the study tour can submit an expression of interest form here.

Please note, all applicants will need to successfully complete an Australian police check and counter terror checks and agree to the Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA code of conduct.

Rob Durbridge travel scholarship

Union delegates are encouraged to apply for the Rob Durbridge scholarship. This travel fund was set up by Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA in conjunction with the Australian Council of Trade Unions, the Australian Education Union and Rob’s family to help fund travel on one of APHEDA’s international study tours.


It is designed for workers who would not otherwise be able to afford travel for the study tour, for example, workers from a low-paid industry, a casual worker or precariously employed worker.

Read more about the travel scholarship here.

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