AUSAID director-general Peter Baxter has denied the decision to increase Australia's assistance is related to any political matter, saying it is in response to areas of need in Fiji.
He made the comments yesterday while surveying the upgrades made by AusAID's funding at the Lami Health Centre.
AusAID had announced that from next month it will double its aid to Fiji from $33.7million ($A18.6million) to $65.6million ($A36million).
"When we decide how we're going to allocate funding we first look at the need. It's not based on a political decision, it's a decision made based on the needs of the country we are working in," Mr Baxter said.
Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said any increase in assistance in the areas of heath and education was welcome and appreciated.
"However in order to get the maximum benefit from any such assistance, the aid programs must be in alignment with and complementary to the policies and policy objectives of the Bainimarama government," he said.
"Furthermore aid assistance would be best utilised if aid monies are not spent on expensive consultants and are spent on building local infrastructure and capacities with the view to be self-sufficient."
Mr Baxter said Australia was proud of its record of being the largest bilateral donor to Fiji.
"It's a record we're very proud of and one we are determined to maintain. We do that because there are people who are in need of our assistance in Fiji whether it's in education, in health or other areas like rural development," he said.
Mr Baxter said improvements in the health sector would be one of the main targets of the increased funding with maternal and child health topping the list.
He said most of this work would be in the Suva-Nausori corridor with upgrades earmarked for facilities in Makoi and the Nausori Subdivisional Hospital.