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Pacific Step-up

Pacific Step-up

Stepping up Australia's engagement with our Pacific family

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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

At a meeting focused on the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, 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.”

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Stepping up in the Pacific

Australia is taking our partnerships with the Pacific to a new level. We are working 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 deep personal, historical and cultural ties with the Pacific, forged over decades of sustained engagement. We share common values and cultural affinity for family, religion, sports and more.

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Office of the Pacific

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

Australia is committed to supporting Pacific island countries build resilience to their security challenges, as articulated in the 2018 Boe Declaration on Regional Security. 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.

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People connections

The strength of our engagement with countries and people in the Pacific is grounded in deep personal, historical and cultural ties.  Australia's Pacific Step-up places people at the heart of our Pacific partnerships, with measures to strengthen and celebrate our people connections. This includes expanded sports, education, media and church partnerships.

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Pacific women and girls

Pacific Women Lead is Australia’s regional investment to advance gender equality in the Pacific ($170 million, 2021-26). It will enable Australia and the Pacific to work in partnership to strengthen regional gender equality efforts.

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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 our Pacific development assistance program.

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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.

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Pacific Regional—Economic growth: fisheries assistance

Fisheries is a key economic driver and makes a major contribution to employment and food security in the Pacific region.

Supporting Pacific regional organisations

Australia is a member of a number of Pacific regional organisations, through which we work collaboratively with our Pacific family to address shared challenges. Australia also supports Pacific regional organisations to provide critical development assistance in areas including health, education, fisheries, climate change and empowering women and girls.

More about the Pacific regional organisations

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