The Pacific

Stepping up Australia’s engagement in the Pacific

As announced by the Prime Minister, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, at the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders’ Meeting in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia on 9 September 2016, Australia is committed to stepping-up its engagement in the Pacific.

To meet this commitment, the Australian Government is exploring transformative opportunities to strengthen economic resilience, enhance security cooperation and deepen people-to-people links across the region.  This is a long-term approach. The Government is looking to pilot initiatives with interested Pacific partners, before extending them more broadly if successful.

Response of the Australian Government to the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Reference Committee Report

Response of the Australian Government to the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Reference Committee Report (Volumes I and II) on the Economic and Security Challenges facing Papua New Guinea and the island states of the south west Pacific. (May 2011)

Pacific Islands regional organisations

Australia is a founding member and major donor to the principal regional organisations in the Pacific.

Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER) Plus

Pacific Islands Forum Leaders launched negotiations for a new regional trade and economic agreement, known as PACER Plus, at their fortieth meeting in August 2009.

Last Updated: 14 August 2017