Summary of publication
On 14 August 2017 Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Solomon Islands Foreign Minister Milner Tozaka signed a new security treaty between Australia and Solomon Islands. The new treaty will allow Australian police, defence and associated civilian personnel to deploy rapidly to Solomon Islands if the need arises and where both countries consent. It will cover a range of foreseeable security threats, including natural disasters, and will allow for third country contributions. This will be Australia’s first bilateral security treaty in the Pacific and will replace the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) treaty, which expired upon the withdrawal of RAMSI on 30 June 2017.
The treaty was tabled in Australia’s Parliament on 16 October. The treaty is being considered by the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT) and, pending this process, is likely to enter into force in early 2018.
Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of Solomon Islands Concerning the Basis for Deployment of Police, Armed Forces and Other Personnel to Solomon Islands