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Stepping-up in Samoa

Stepping-up in Samoa

Australia has a strong and longstanding relationship with Samoa. We are close partners in regional cooperation and are working together to further Samoa's development.

Australian Prime Minister the Hon Scott Morrison with Samoan Prime Minister the Hon Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi at the Wallabies v Manu Samoa International Test, Sydney, 7 September 2019. Photo: DFAT

There are deep ties between our communities, especially through sport, educational and church linkages, and over 75,000 people living in Australia identify as having Samoan ancestry.

A strong and enduring relationship

Australia and Samoa have a broad bilateral relationship that includes security cooperation, people-to-people links and trade investment.

Coconut farmers who are benefiting from a Business Partnership Platform partnership between the Australian Government, Krissy Co., Fairtrade Australia New Zealand and the Savai'i Coconut Farmers Association. Photo: Business Partnership Platform

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Supporting Samoa's development

Australia will provide an estimated $32 million in ODA to Samoa in 2019-20, working in partnership with the Samoan Government in support of Samoa's development.

Samoa's rebuilt Parliament House stands as a symbol of Australia's deep and enduring engagement with the Government of Samoa. Photo: DFAT/Tarx Morrison

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Security cooperation

Australia is committed to supporting Samoa's security, including through the Pacific Maritime Support Program and the Samoa-Australia Police Partnership.

Siumu Community hosted the crew from HMAS Choules in September 2019 as they conducted helicopter tours. Photo: DFAT/Vaimo'oi'a Ripley

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Strong community connections

Samoans and Australian have strong personal connections, developed through sport, church and educational linkages. Initiatives such as PacificAus Sports and the Australia Pacific Church Partnerships program provide opportunities for increased exchanges, strengthened people-to-people links and institutional partnerships.

Classic Wallabies' Lote Tuqiri conducting a school rugby clinic during a #GoldBlooded Tour of Samoa. Photo: DFAT/Evangeline Sharman
Last Updated: 14 October 2019
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