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From the Minister [PDF 64KB]
Australians have long been closely involved with the people of the South Pacific islands based on their proximity, history and a shared commitment to the principles and institutions of democracy.
The Pacific in focus [PDF 182KB]
Australia, as a leading aid donor in the Pacific, is continually seeking to improve social and economic development, and to find ways to contribute to the region's progress and stability.
Looking beyond paradise [PDF 207KB]
For many Australians the South Pacific islands are an ideal holiday destination where you leave your worries behind as you unwind in the cocooned comfort of a luxury resort. But venture beyond the resorts and the picture is very different.
Operating at the heart [PDF 91KB]
In Fiji Peter Davis journeys to the heart of the nation to witness a remarkable piece of theatre which is bringing dramatic improvements to the lives of many Pacific islanders with cardiac problems.
Scientists bait the fruit fly and protect the taro [PDF 112KB]
Deep in the research laboratories of the Suva branch of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), scientists support Pacific food crops.
Strengthening media skills around the Pacific [PDF 108KB]
The Australian Government's Pacific Media Initiative is helping islanders tell their own stories and present a Pacific viewpoint to the world.
Soccer hero wins a battle for conservation [PDF 95KB]
It took a sporting hero to end a feud between two villages in Vanuatu. At the same time the future of a unique forest was ensured.
'Mosquito Police' patrol the streets [PDF 115KB]
At night as the children of Port Vila climb into bed, they pull their mosquito nets tightly around the mattress. Outside the net lurks Vanuatu's public enemy number one - the mosquito.
Samoa sets the standard for stability [PDF 158KB]
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielagaoi aims to build a prosperous future for Samoa through economic reform. Peter Cotton spoke to the Prime Minister in Samoa's capital, Apia.
Customs have changed at Samoa's borders [PDF 158KB] (PDF page 2)
People on each side of the customs regulations are feeling the difference an Australian-funded project has made to doing business at the border.
Reforms create new skills and better service for all [PDF 92KB]
Samoan Government employees are acquiring skills through reforms that not only strengthen Samoa's institutions of government but also make their employees sought after throughout the island nation and overseas. Three leading women in Samoa's bureaucracy explain.
Samoa builds a sustainable tuna industry [PDF 96KB]
As well as boosting the value of Samoa's tuna fishery, an Australian-funded project is showing other countries how successful community-based programs can be.
Strengthening the legal system of Vanuatu [PDF 90KB]
The Australian Government is supporting the redrafting of legislation in Vanuatu as part of the country's Comprehensive Reform Program.
Young women make the most of their expanding horizons [PDF 121KB]
A group of young ni-Vanuatu women looked forward to a bleak employment future until an Australian-supported scholarship scheme gave them new hope.
Centre continues the struggle for women [PDF 94KB]
The Vanuatu Women's Centre receives Australian Government support for its counselling, community education and legal advocacy services. Centre coordinator Merilyn Tahi explains the centre's achievements.
Fijians work toward a healthier community [PDF 102KB]
Trained village health workers form the foundation of Australia's biggest aid project in Fiji which aims to combat disease and improve health on Taveuni.
New skills for teachers make learning fun [PDF 113KB]
A training program for primary school teachers is bringing a more child-centred approach to Fijian classrooms.
Campaign tackles diabetes in Tonga [PDF 113KB] (page 2)
Reducing the incidence of diabetes in Tonga involves major challenges not only in keeping medical records but also in changing lifestyles.
Tuvalu's first female doctors return home [PDF 119KB]
The people of Tuvalu live on a group of nine tiny, low-lying atolls in the mid-Pacific. With a total land area of only 26 square km for 11,000 people, many resources are scarce, including doctors. But two young women supported by Australian scholarships have made a difference.
Addressing the needs of remote island nations [PDF 151KB]
With their isolation, limited land and fragile resources, the Marshall Islands and Kiribati face some major challenges. This report outlines Australia's assistance to the people of these countries.
Building peace in Solomon Islands [PDF 99KB]
The signing of the Townsville Peace Agreement in October last year brought to an end two years of traumatic ethnic unrest in Solomon Islands. As part of Australia's commitment to supporting its neighbour's peace process, a number of Australians have volunteered as peace monitors. Jenny Booth was one of the first.
Getting the message across - 'No more guns' [PDF 375KB]
It's hard to miss the 'No more guns' message in Solomon Islands these days. Bumper stickers have appeared on almost every taxi, mini bus and delivery truck. Posters are displayed in office and school windows. And the children are speaking out.
The long road to peace [PDF 375KB] (page 2)
Encyclopedia focuses Australia on its Pacific neighbours [PDF 198KB]
With the recent release of an excellent source of information on the islands of the Pacific, the region should no longer be 'a forgotten part of the world' for both the Australian and international communities.
Parliamentary Secretary visits aid projects in PNG [PDF 97KB]
When Senator Kay Patterson, in her role as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, recently visited Australian aid projects in Papua New Guinea, she saw first-hand the extent and variety of Australia's assistance there.
Colombo Plan celebrates its 50th anniversary [PDF 109KB]
It's 50 years since Australian overseas aid was expanded into Asia through the Colombo Plan, one of our region's most formative aid programs.
Snapshots [PDF 127KB]
Business News [PDF 127KB]
Global Education [PDF 199KB]
Websites [PDF 117KB]
New on AusAID's bookshelves [PDF 187KB]