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Pacific Step-up

Pacific Step-up

Stepping up Australia's engagement with our Pacific family

Pacific Women Leaders’ Meeting

Pacific Women Leaders met virtually on 29 May 2020 to discuss the gender implications of COVID-19 within the Pacific region.

Joint Statement by the co-convenors of a meeting of Pacific Women Leaders, Australian Foreign Minister and Minister for Women Marise Payne, and Samoan Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Natural Resources and the Environment Fiame Naomi Mata’afa

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Head of the Office of the Pacific Ewen McDonald and colleagues meeting with the Fiji Government's Health Ministry, May 2019. Photo: DFAT

"We have always engaged – and always will engage – in the Pacific because we are part of the Pacific, and with the best interests of our region at heart."

Ewen McDonald, Head of the Office of the Pacific

Australia stepping-up to address COVID-19 in the Pacific

Prime Minister Scott Morrison told G20 leaders on 26 March, “our Pacific island family must be a focus of international support. There has never been a more important time for Australia’s Pacific Step-up as we all face these massive challenges.”

More about Australia’s work to address COVID-19 in the Pacific

Stepping up in the Pacific

Australia is taking our partnerships with the Pacific to a new level. We want to work with our Pacific partners to build a Pacific region that is secure strategically, stable economically and sovereign politically.

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Pacific partnerships

Australia has a strong history of genuine partnership with the region, forged over decades of sustained engagement, our shared history, common values and cultural affinity for family, religion, sports and more.

More about Australia's Pacific partnerships

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Office of the Pacific

The newly established Office of the Pacific, headed by Ewen McDonald, will play a critical role in supporting Ministers, coordinating whole-of-government efforts, and boosting Australia's engagement with the Pacific.

More about the Office of the Pacific

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Economic prosperity

Together as a region we share a common vision for prosperity, including through open and transparent trade, commercial opportunities, resilient infrastructure and labour mobility.

More about economic prosperity in the Pacific

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Shared security

A strong, stable region keeps us more secure and enables our economies to grow and our peoples to prosper. Australia's longstanding and ongoing security cooperation with Pacific countries covers defence, law enforcement, transnational crime, climate and disaster resilience border management and human security.

More about the shared security in the Pacific

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People connections

Australia's Pacific Step-up places people at the heart of our Pacific partnerships, with new measures to strengthen and celebrate our people connections. This includes expanded sports, education, media and church partnerships.

More about people connections in the Pacific


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Pacific women and girls

Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development (Pacific Development) commits $320 million over ten years to improve the political, economic and social opportunities of Pacific women.

More about Pacific Women

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Strengthening climate and disaster resilience in the Pacific

Australia is a steadfast partner in building climate and disaster resilience in the Pacific. Our support includes dedicated aid initiatives that strengthen resilience, as well as a comprehensive effort to integrate climate change and disaster resilience into the Pacific aid program.

More about strengthening climate and disaster resilience in the Pacific


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Australia Pacific Sustainable Oceans and Livelihoods Partnership

Australia is part of the Pacific Ocean family of nations, and a longstanding supporter of sustainable Pacific fisheries. The Blue Pacific connects us, feeds communities, drives economies and is central to the culture of our Pacific family.

More about the Australia Pacific Sustainable Oceans and Livelihoods Partnership

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Infographic, link to text version below.
Strengthening our Pacific Partnerships infographic | Larger version [PDF 440 KB] | Text version


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