The Pacific

Stepping up Australia’s engagement in the Pacific

At the 2016 Pacific Islands Forum Leaders' Meeting in Pohnpei, the Prime Minister, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, committed to a 'step-change' in Australia's engagement with the Pacific. At this year's Forum Leaders' Meeting on 8 September in Apia, Samoa, the Prime Minister delivered on that promise, announcing a range of measures to strengthen Australia's engagement with the Pacific, including through:

  • stronger partnerships for economic growth
  • stronger partnerships for security
  • stronger relationships between our people.

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