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Increasing our engagement with 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 and its recovery from the impacts of COVID-19.

There are deep ties between our communities, especially through sport, education and church linkages, and over 76,000 people living in Australia identify as having Samoan ancestry.

A strong and enduring relationship

Australia and Samoa have a strong and enduring relationship that includes development cooperation, trade and investment, security cooperation and community connections.

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Picture of Samoan Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa with Australian High Commissioner to Samoa Emily Luck.
Samoan Prime Minister the Hon Fiame Naomi Mata’afa with Australian High Commissioner to Samoa HE Emily Luck pictured at UN Women’s International Day of Women event, Apia, 8 March 2022. Credit: DFAT/Jordan Kwan.

Supporting Samoa's response to COVID-19

Australia works with partners to strengthen Samoa’s health system to respond to COVID-19 and public health crises, and to manage future disease outbreaks. We are also supporting Samoa to enhance its state capabilities and support vulnerable populations to access essential services, and to recover from COVID-19 and enhance its resilience to future shocks.

More about Australia’s development partnership in Samoa.

Image of Australian Aid supplies outside Faleolo International Airport
Australian-shared COVID-19 vaccines delivered to support Samoa’s COVID-19 vaccine roll out. Credit: DFAT/Jordan Kwan.

Security cooperation

Australia is committed to supporting Samoa's security, including through the Defence Cooperation Program, the Pacific Maritime Security Program and the Samoa-Australia Police Partnership. Prime Minister Fiame and Foreign Minister Wong announced on 2 June that Australia would gift Samoa a new Guardian Class Patrol Boat. The Australian Defence Force will continue to build Samoa’s capability to police its borders and secure its exclusive economic zone, including fisheries. The Australian Federal Police will continue to engage with the Samoa Police Service to strengthen core policing functions and bolster organisational leadership, management, and corporate capabilities, broadly and in priority areas (for example, addressing gender-based violence).

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

More about shared security in the Pacific

Strong community connections

Samoans and Australian have strong personal connections, developed through sport, church and educational linkages, and Samoan communities in Australia. Initiatives such as PacificAus Sports, the New Colombo Plan and the BRIDGE School Partnerships Program provide opportunities to deepen our connections.

Classic Wallabies' Lote Tuqiri conducting a school rugby clinic during a #GoldBlooded Tour of Samoa. Photo: DFAT/Evangeline Sharman
Group photo of many kids, holding water bottles, playing on a field.
Classic Wallabies workshops were well received on both islands of Samoa. Photo: DFAT.
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