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Development assistance in the Pacific

Pacific Regional — effective regional institutions


Strong regional organisations contribute to a stable, secure, resilient and prosperous Pacific region – outcomes that are in Australia's national interest. Australia's diplomatic engagement through regional organisations also enhances our relationships in the Pacific.

Regional organisations have continued to play an important role in developing collaborative regional responses to critical issues. In responding to the impacts of COVID-19, the Pacific Islands Forum established the Pacific Humanitarian Pathway to ensure the movement of essential goods and services, including medical and humanitarian assistance, across our region.

Australia also supports a number of discrete regional initiatives for effective governance. These initiatives support Pacific island countries to strengthen public sector capacities, transparency and accountability, and adopt and adhere to regional norms and standards.

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Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS)

$18.72 million in core contributions, 2018-2020

The Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Secretariat is the pre-eminent regional organisation supporting implementation of Forum Leaders' decisions. Australia is a member of the Forum and provides substantial multi-year core funding to the Secretariat. Our assistance supports the Secretariat to work on regional policy issues including political governance, economic cooperation, security, and trade. The PIF Secretariat is leading efforts to support Forum members respond to the economic and social impacts of COVID-19.

Since 2014, Australia has had a Partnership with the PIF Secretariat. It commits both parties to work together to address the challenges facing our region in line with the Secretariat's mandate.

Australia is a strong supporter of the Framework for Pacific Regionalism, which aims to support focused political conversations and settlements that address key strategic issues facing the region.

Along with other Forum members, Australia is contributing to the development of a 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent, which will be presented to Forum leaders at their meeting in 2021.

Related documents*

Name of document Year published Type
Forum Communique of the 50th Pacific Islands Forum, Tuvalu, 13 to 16 August 2019 [PDF] 2019 Communique
Forum Communique of the 49th Pacific Islands Forum, Nauru, 3 to 6 September 2018 2018 Communique
Partnership between the Government of Australia and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat 2014-2023 2018 Partnership

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Pacific Community (SPC)

$77.7 million in core contributions, 2018-2020

SPC is the largest technical and scientific regional organisation in the Pacific. Its mandate is to assist Pacific Island countries and territories by supporting and supplementing national capacity through the delivery of technical, scientific, research, policy and training services.

Australia is a founding member of SPC. Over 2018-20, DFAT is providing around $77.7m to SPC through our membership and voluntary core funding. Our predictable, multi-year funding is an investment in the strategic outcomes of SPC. It enables SPC to flexibly respond to emerging regional priorities.

Australia's funding to the SPC, including core, project and program funding supports the delivery of essential services in areas including public health, fisheries science, food security, education standards, statistics for development and gender. SPC has pivoted its programs to respond to the economic and health impacts of COVID-19.

In 2014, SPC and Australia entered into a Partnership supporting a shared vision to work in close cooperation to achieve improved development outcomes and sustainable improvements in the quality of life of all Pacific islanders. A revision to the Partnership Agreement was signed in May 2017, setting out the objectives and performance measures for 2014-2023.

Related documents*

Name of document Year published Type
The Pacific Community (SPC) – Government of Australia (GoA) Partnership for Pacific Regionalism and Enhanced Development 2014-2023 2017 Partnership
Evaluation of the SPC-GOA Partnership: Final Report 2016 Report

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* The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is committed to high standards of transparency and accountability in the management of the Australian aid program through publishing information on our website, including policies, plans, results, evaluations and research. Our practice is to publish documents after the partner government and any other partners directly involved in the delivery of the initiative have been consulted. Not all material published on this site is created by the Australian aid program and therefore not all documents reflect our views. In limited circumstances some information may be withheld for reasons including privacy and commercial sensitivity.

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