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Pillar 2 - Stability in Solomon Islands


Australia has an enduring interest in a stable Solomon Islands. As well as a desirable goal in and of itself, stability is critical to both economic growth and human development. Australia's programs in governance, justice and policing work towards a common goal: that communities in Solomon Islands are safer and experience better access to services.

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Solomon Islands Justice Program

Up to $32 million, 2011-2026

The Solomon Islands Justice Program works with all key justice agencies in Solomon Islands including the Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs, the National Judiciary, the Attorney-General's Chambers, the Public Solicitor's Office, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Police Prosecutions Directorate, Law Reform Commission, Solomon Islands Bar Association and Correctional Services Solomon Islands, as well as the Seif Ples Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Clinic. The Program's goal is that communities in Solomon Islands have greater access to a credible justice system that supports the rule of law.

The Justice Program has four components:

  • Justice agency strengthening: Supporting the core aspects of the legal system including the courts and correctional systems.
  • Legal policy and legislation: Building capacity for improved government legal advice and policy development and enhanced legislative drafting.
  • Improving access to justice: Improving access to justice in the provinces and strengthening responses to family violence.
  • Whole of sector strengthening: Supporting cross-cutting issues including improved gender and social inclusion in the justice sector, better human resource and financial management, professional development, and improved information management system.

Related documents

Name of document Year published
Solomon Islands Justice Program Design 2017-2021 2017

Education Sector Support Program

Up to $69 million, 2020-2024

The Education Sector Support Program is supporting the Solomon Islands Government to implement its Education Strategic Framework 2016-2030, and National Education Action Plan. The program is delivered in partnership with the Solomon Islands Government and jointly funded by the Governments of Australia and New Zealand.

The program's goal is to improve the quality and continuity of basic education which is accessible to all Solomon Islands children. Support is provided through direct budget support to the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development, technical advisers and grants to non-government organisations (NGOs).

Related documents

Name of document Year published
Solomon Islands Education Sector Support Program: Performance Linked Aid Assessment Report and management response 2020
Australia and New Zealand Joint Solomon Islands Education Sector Support Program 2020-2023 design 2020
Solomon Islands Education Sector Support Program: Mid-term Review Report and management response 2023

Addressing Gender Equality

Up to $41 million, 2012-2024

The Solomon Islands Gender Equality program is working with the government, international and local NGOs and the private sector to improve the political, economic and social opportunities of Solomon Islands women and girls to end violence against women and girls. The program aims to reduce violence against women and girls and ensure:

  • survivors of violence have access to support services and to justice
  • women have expanded economic opportunities to earn an income and accumulate economic assets;
  • women, and women's interests are increasingly and effectively represented and visible through leadership at all levels of decision-making, and;
  • women have a stronger sense of their own agency, supported by a changing legal and social environment and through increased access to the services they need.

The program works in partnership with the Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family affairs to support institutional strengthening, it provides funding and support to targeted service providers and violence prevention activities including supporting the national rollout of the SAFENET Response and Referral Network.

Related documents

Name of document Year published
Scoping Study on Women in Leadership and Decision-making and Management Response 2017

Governance Program

Up to $50 million, 2022-2027

The Governance Program builds on the public financial management (PFM) and public sector reform gains achieved through the Solomon Islands Economic and Public Sector Governance Program (SIGOV) and Solomon Islands Governance Program 2017-2021. The Governance Program supports Australia's long-term national interests in Solomon Islands by working to embed inclusive and accountable economic governance.

The program is working to:

  • Strengthen Solomon Islands public financial management and oversight;
  • Improve domestic revenue and improve capacities in targeted areas, and;
  • Strengthen inclusive democratic processes and expand opportunities for stakeholder engagement in public policy dialogue; and
  • Strengthen relationships between Solomon Islands Government and the Government of Australia.

Related documents

Name of document Year published
Solomon Islands Governance Program Design 2017
Solomon Islands Governance Program: Independent Review of Ombudsman Twinning Support and management response 2021

RSIPF-AFP Policing Partnership Program (RAPPP)

Up to $106 million, 2021-2025

The RSIPF-AFP Policing Partnership program was developed collaboratively between the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF), Australia Federal Police (AFP) and the Ministry of Police, National Security and Correctional Services (MPNSCS). The RAPPP supports a range of Solomon Islands policing priorities, including the 2023 Pacific Games, the 2024 National General Elections, infrastructure upgrades, and capability and training in areas spanning public order management, investigations, frontline policing and forensics, to leadership development.

The AFP is also supporting the next stage of the RSIPF’s rearmament, with weapons and training.

Defence Cooperation Program

The Defence Cooperation Program is focussed on specific areas of Australian Defence Force (ADF) expertise including Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), maritime security and Humanitarian and Disaster Relief (HADR). Activities include:

  • the supply and arming of two guardian-class patrol boats;
  • upgrades to the Aola Base wharf;
  • construction of a border and patrol outpost in Solomon Islands western and eastern provinces, and;
  • an enhanced EOD Cooperation Program.

Australia has also delivered an integrated police, health, and disaster management radio (Solomon Islands Police and Emergency Radio Network (SIPERN)) network across Solomon Islands.

This does not reflect the full contribution to the partnership with Solomon Islands under the Defence portfolio.

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