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Australia Pacific Security College strengthens Pacific security

This page gives an overview of Australia’s work in the Pacific regional security sector, under Pillar 2 (Stability) of Australia’s Partnerships for Recovery: Australia’s COVID-19 Development Response.

Zed Seselja speaking at a podium
Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator the Hon Zed Seselja, launches the Pacific Lockdown documentary in Canberra on 11 March 2021. Photo: APSC.


The Australia Pacific Security College (APSC) has a budget of $14.8 million across 2019-2022.

The college supports the implementation of The Boe Declaration on Regional Security by enhancing the capacity of Pacific security policy officials to deal with a broad range of security issues.

The APSC was launched by the former Minister for International Development and the Pacific and Assistant Defence Minister, the Hon Alex Hawke MP, in Canberra on 14 November 2019.

The college is based at the Australian National University. It draws on the university’s wealth of Pacific research while also employing Pacific experts in place in the region.

In its first year, the college has established a strong presence despite the challenges presented by COVID-19. In late 2019, APSC academics conducted wide-reaching consultations with Pacific Island representatives and regional stakeholders on their security interests and related capability needs. Pacific Island Countries identified training requirements to respond to a broad range of challenges including climate change, transnational crime, human security and traditional security.

In 2020, the college shifted to delivering a substantial part of its consultation, training and other engagement online. It also initiated the production of regular summary reports on the Pacific response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which are made available on its website. The website publishes a regular blog and podcast series.

The college aims to assist Pacific Island Countries to implement national security policies through the provision of technical assistance and the facilitation of security dialogue.  Graduates keep in contact through the college’s alumni program. The bonds forged between the college, alumni and partners in the region contribute to the realisation of a secure and sovereign Pacific.

Additional information on the APSC can be found on the College website.

Meg Keen speaking at a microphone
Professor Meg Keen, Director of the Australia Pacific Security College, speaks at the launch of the Pacific Lockdown documentary film March 2021. Photo: APSC.

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