Australia and Fiji share a deep love of sports. Through the new PacificAus Sports program, we helped Fiji's national netball team, Fiji Pearls', to compete at the 2019 Netball World Cup and are sponsoring the Kaiviti Silktails to enter into the Ron Massey Cup in 2020. Fiji will host the NRL PM's XIII Rugby League match in Suva. We will also continue to deliver sports for development outcomes through the Pacific Sports Partnerships (PSP) Program.
Australia is ramping up its education support to the Pacific. The Australia Pacific Training Coalition based in Fiji will enhance vocational education and training across the Pacific. Schools from Fiji will now be included in the expanded Australia-Pacific Schools Partnerships (BRIDGE) two-year pilot program.
Operational since 1 July 2019, the Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific (AIFFP) supports transformative infrastructure in the Pacific and Timor-Leste. Australia is engaging closely with governments across the Pacific, including through our diplomatic missions, to ensure the AIFFP supports the development priorities of Pacific countries.
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In 2017, the Pacific Women established the Fiji Women's Fund (the Fund) to support women's groups, organisations and networks in Fiji through grants that promote gender equality. It is hoped the Fund will ultimately be supported entirely by the private sector and local philanthropy.
Australia's partnership with the International Finance Corporation supported Fiji to develop the tender for the first-ever Pacific hospital public-private partnership with Aspen Medical. Our support directly catalysed Australian private-sector investment, helping a growing Australian company, with a strong reputation for delivery of health services to broaden its commercial presence into the region.
Tropical Cyclone Winston: On 20-21 February 2016, Fiji was hit with the strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded in the southern hemisphere, causing 44 deaths and impacting more than sixty per cent of the population. Working closely with the Fiji Government, Australia provided $35 million to support Fiji's recovery.
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