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Building a stronger and more united Pacific family

Group photo of officials. Senator the Hon. Penny Wong, Ewen McDonald and colleagues with His Highness Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II.
Senator the Hon. Penny Wong, Minister for Foreign Affairs, together with Head of the Office of the Pacific Ewen McDonald and colleagues attend a meeting with His Highness Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II, Head of State, during a visit to Samoa in June 2022. Credit: DFAT.

“We feel a profound sense of kinship with the Pacific, of wanting to connect with the Pacific as part of one family. We have longstanding bonds forged in times of crisis but sustained in peace and in prosperity.”

Penny Wong, Minister for Foreign Affairs


Supporting a united Pacific family

Australia supports a strong and unified Pacific family and the important role of Pacific-led regional organisations, particularly the Pacific Islands Forum, through which we work collaboratively to address shared challenges. Australia also supports key Pacific regional organisations to provide critical policy and technical services to members in areas including healtheducationfisheriesclimate changeoceans and empowering women and girls.

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Strengthening climate and disaster resilience in the Pacific

Australia recognises that the Pacific is facing a climate emergency.  As a steadfast partner, we are taking action on climate change at home and helping the region respond through building climate and disaster resilience at all levels. Our support includes dedicated initiatives on climate and ocean science and disaster preparedness, as well as a comprehensive effort to integrate climate change and disaster resilience into our Pacific development assistance program.

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Supporting COVID recovery in the Pacific

As our Pacific partners continue to chart a course to recovery from the COVID pandemic, Australia will listen carefully to their priorities and aspirations - to shape our support for the region’s sustained growth and development.

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People connections and Pacific partnerships

The strength of our engagement with countries and people in the Pacific is grounded in deep and longstanding personal, historical and cultural ties. Australia's commitment to build a stronger Pacific family places people at the heart of our Pacific partnerships, with actions to strengthen and celebrate our connections. This includes partnerships through sport, education, media and churches.

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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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Economic prosperity

Together as a region we share a common vision for prosperity. Australia is investing in open and transparent trade, commercial opportunities, resilient infrastructure and labour mobility to achieve our shared aspirations together with our Pacific partners

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Australia Pacific Sustainable Oceans and Livelihoods Partnership

The Blue Pacific connects us, feeds communities, drives economies and is central to Pacific cultures. Australia supports sustainable development, management and conservation of the Pacific Ocean and its resources.

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Pacific Regional—Economic growth: fisheries assistance

Fisheries are a key source of revenue and make a major contribution to food security in the Pacific. Australia is working with our partners in the Pacific to ensure fisheries are sustainably managed, strengthening food security and supporting economic growth.

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Shared security

Australia is committed to supporting Pacific island countries build resilience and capacity to address 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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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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