Australia and our Pacific partners have special and close relationships, forged over decades of sustained engagement, our shared history, common values and our cultural affinity for family, religion, sports and more. These personal connections go to the heart of our robust relationships. Australia is committed to our Pacific family, and to working together to realise our shared vision for a stable, secure and prosperous region, and to support the aspirations of Pacific island countries.
Australia and the Cook Islands enjoy a close bilateral relationship based on shared regional interests, including in promoting economic growth and trade, security and policing. Australia and the Cook Islands work closely together to realise our mutual vision for a prosperous, stable and sovereign Pacific region.
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Federated States of Micronesia
Australia works with the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) to promote prosperity, reduce poverty, enhance stability, and support the development priorities of FSM and the broader North Pacific.
Australia has a warm relationship with Fiji, underpinned by strong people-to-people links, longstanding economic and development ties, and our shared community, historical, sporting, religious and family ties. The Vuvale Partnership affirms Australia and Fiji's shared ambition to use our family connection as the basis for a new, higher level of cooperation.
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Australia and French Polynesia enjoy longstanding, friendly relations that will be further enhanced with the opening of a new Australian diplomatic post in Papeete in 2021. Recognising French Polynesia’s location at the heart of the Pacific Ocean and its extensive maritime domain, Australia works closely with French Polynesia to improve maritime security, enhance resilience to climate change and improve people-to-people links through education and tourism.
Australia has a longstanding relationship with Kiribati, built on shared development and security goals. We work in partnership with the Government of Kiribati to implement economic reform and build a better educated and healthier population.
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Australia and Nauru share a strong history and common security vision, espoused in our 2017 Nauru-Australia Security Partnership. We work together to promote human development, good governance and essential infrastructure in Nauru.
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Relations between Australia and New Caledonia are broad and historic – in 2020 we celebrated our 80th anniversary of diplomatic representation in New Caledonia. New Caledonia is one of our closest geographical neighbours, and we have strong people-to-people links, including indigenous cultural connections, and long-running defence and security partnerships.
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Australia and Niue have a growing bilateral relationship anchored by our shared commitment to promoting regional security and economic prosperity, while preserving the unique language and culture of the people of Niue. We are working together to address urgent regional challenges. Australia stands as a close partner on Niue’s path to development. Australia has established a new diplomatic post in Alofi, Niue. The new post became operational on 6 August 2020.
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Australia enjoys close and friendly relations with Palau, built on our joint efforts to reform Palau's ICT sector with global partners, and to enhance women's empowerment. Australia has established a new diplomatic post in Koror, Palau. The new post became operational on 17 December 2019.
Papua New Guinea
Geography and history have given Papua New Guinea a special place in Australia's foreign relations. We work together at the highest levels to maximise bilateral and regional stability and prosperity, including through progressing our Comprehensive Strategic and Economic Partnership.
Republic of the Marshall Islands
Australia and the Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI) enjoy a close bilateral relationship based on shared regional interests. We were the second country, after the US, to establish diplomatic relations with RMI (in 1987), and are scheduled to open our new diplomatic mission in Majuro in 2021.
Australia and Samoa work closely together to realise our shared vision for a prosperous, stable and sovereign Pacific region. Our relationship is built on the strength of our people connections, sustained high-level engagement, commitment to increased economic growth and human development and a shared vision for security.
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Australia and Solomon Islands enjoy a close friendship and a shared history that was further strengthened by our partnership in the 14-year Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI), and 2017 Security Treaty – Australia's first security treaty in the Pacific.
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Australia has a warm and enduring bilateral relationship with the Kingdom of Tonga, which has been strengthened by the common challenges of COVID-19. Our close connection is underpinned by our longstanding development and security cooperation and people-to-people links. In 2020, Australia and Tonga celebrated 50 years of diplomatic relations, which has been fostered through engagement at all levels of government.
We were pleased to further build and strengthen our relationship with Tuvalu with the opening of a new diplomatic mission in 2019. We continue to work together to prepare and respond to COVID-19 and in pursuit of shared development and security goals, including improved education outcomes, and resilience to environmental and climate change impacts.
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Australia and Vanuatu enjoy close and broad connections at all levels, across government, business and the community. We share a vision for security and prosperity, working together towards this vision through a focus on economic governance, infrastructure, education, health and law and justice.
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Wallis and Futuna
Australia’s partnerships in the Pacific extend to the most remote and least developed of the French Pacific territories, Wallis and Futuna. Through our Direct Aid Program, we fund a range of small-scale projects that have a direct impact on communities.
Strong regional organisations contribute to a stable, secure and prosperous Pacific region – outcomes that are in Australia's national interest. Australia's diplomatic engagement through regional organisations enhances our relationships in the Pacific.
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