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  • Under new visa measures announced by the Australian Government today, Pacific workers who are in Australia under the PLS and SWP whose visas are due to expire will be able to remain in Australia for up to 12 months.

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  • A continuing network of flights to four key international hubs will be established — London, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Auckland — for the next four weeks to help Australians get home.

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  • The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is in direct contact with 10 cruise ships with around 600 Australian passengers on board. This has reduced from 38 affected cruise ships with over 5,500 Australians just two weeks ago.


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  • Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic represents a significant challenge for governments and communities across the Pacific. It is a challenge the Australian Government is committed to tackling with our Pacific partners, in the long-term interest of the stability, prosperity and resilience of our region.

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Senator the Hon Marise Payne

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Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham

Photograph of Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham

Public objections on terms proposed by the EU for protection as geographical indications in Australia.


Stepping up Australia’s engagement with our Pacific family.


Stay informed on the potential implications of the UK’s exit from the EU.

New Colombo Plan

Scholarships and grants for study and internships/ mentorships in the Indo-Pacific region.


A new initiative matching Australian business demand with Pacific island skills.

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