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Media partnerships in the Pacific

Australia's Pacific Media Assistance Scheme ($10.3 million; 2017-21)

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The Pacific Media Assistance Scheme (PACMAS) is a regional media development program that aims to facilitate discourse across government, business and civil society, via Pacific media. Photo: ABC

Australia's Pacific Media Assistance Scheme (PACMAS)

Australia has a long history of supporting enhanced skills and training for Pacific media through the Pacific Media Assistance Scheme (PACMAS).

PACMAS is implemented by ABC International Development and supports the development of a diverse, independent, resilient and professional Pacific media sector.

It promotes informed and meaningful public discourse and good governance, including a focus on training and supporting high quality original content.

The program has also helped expand cooperation between Australian and Pacific journalists, and improved broadcast infrastructure in the region.

PACMAS Phase 4 commenced 1 July 2023 and has received $9.3 million in funding from 2023 to 2026.

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Media for Development Initiative (MDI)

MDI commenced in January 2005 and is a long-term development program to build capability and capacity in PNG's media sector. The program's focus is strengthening the media industry, including to uphold principles such as integrity, accuracy, impartiality and providing a diversity of perspectives.

MDI has four streams of activities: media sector leadership, capacity and skills, media content and partnerships.

MDI is currently in Phase 4 and has received $11.2 million from 2022-2026. It is managed by ABC International Development and key partners include the Media Council of PNG, the National Broadcasting Corporation of PNG and Church radio stations.

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