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About the negotiations

Pacific Islands Forum Leaders launched negotiations on PACER Plus at their 40th meeting in August 2009. PACER Plus negotiations concluded in April 2017.

Australia and New Zealand funded the Office of the Chief Trade Adviser (OCTA) to support the Pacific Island Countries in the negotiations. The OCTA provided independent support and advice to Pacific Island Countries on PACER Plus matters.

Australia's support included:

  • appropriate capacity building and support,
  • funds for Pacific Island Countries to commission independent research on PACER Plus, and
  • training of Forum Island Country trade officials to strengthen their capacity in respect of the PACER Plus negotiations. Australia has provided funding for officials from Forum Island Countries to attend PACER Plus meetings and is also helping to fund the.

PACER Plus builds on an earlier agreement – the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (2001).

Updates on PACER Plus negotiations


PACER Plus negotiations concluded in April 2017. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade invited submissions and comments throughout the negotiations for interested stakeholders. Below are the public submissions received during negotiations.

Copyright and content

Copyright in submissions resides with the author(s), not with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The views expressed in these submissions are the views of the author(s) and should not be understood as reflecting the views of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Submissions received

Submissions were received from a wide range of interested parties including industry, business, community and labour representatives and government agencies. The following persons and organisations have provided non-confidential submissions and comments:

A summary of views expressed in public consultations was tabled in Parliament on 18 August 2017.

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