Bilateral and regional partnerships in the Pacific

Australia will continue to strongly support the Pacific Islands Forum, the pre-eminent regional organisation, through which leaders set regional priorities. We will support organisations in the region that coordinate management of natural resources such as fisheries, or provide essential scientific and technical services.

Australia is committed to strong and productive relations with Fiji. We recognise Fiji’s economic potential and its capacity to serve as a regional hub for business, tourism, security cooperation, and humanitarian and disaster response coordination.

We will work with Solomon Islands to help ensure that the transition from RAMSI protects stability in the country. Our joint work to support economic growth and to improve governance will remain important.

We will also continue to support Vanuatu’s recovery from Tropical Cyclone Pam and to build resilience and growth. Australia will assist with economic and social development in Polynesia by supporting reform programs and assisting the export sector. We will work with Tonga and Samoa, including through joint security operations and exercises, and by cooperating in regional organisations.

We will strengthen cooperation with the smaller island states in the region with a focus on economic growth, security, fisheries and building more resilient communities.