Pacific Islands regional organisations

Australia places a special value on its close historical, political, economic, aid and community links with the island countries and territories of the Pacific, and is committed to playing an active and constructive role in our region. The strength of this commitment is reflected in the fact that Australia is the leading donor of aid to the independent countries of the Pacific, supporting their sustainable economic and social development through bilateral and regional programs. This assistance is complemented by a program of defence cooperation with many of the Pacific island states, contributing to their efficient and sustainable use of maritime resources and enhancing regional security. Australia also has significant trade and commercial interests in the region - the Pacific is Australia’s closest market.

Australia is a founding member of the principal regional organisations in the Pacific:

Cooperation and collaboration between Pacific regional organisations is promoted through the Council of Regional Organisations in the Pacific (CROP), comprising PIFS and the heads of other regional inter-governmental organisations. In addition to the organisations listed above, the other members of CROP are:

Australian support for Pacific Islands regional organisations

Australia's core funding for regional organisations comprises assessed membership contributions and support for ongoing priority core programs. Australia also provides additional funding for implementation of specific initiatives and significant support to regional aid mechanisms.

DFAT is responsible for Australia’s Official Development Assistance in the Pacific.