Pacific partnerships

Australian military officer holding baby while in a crowd of people
Australia has long been a friend of the Pacific. Following the signing of the 30 April 1998 cease fire agreement in Bougainville, the Australian-led peace monitoring group — consisting of more than 300 military and civilian personnel from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Vanuatu — monitored the peace process and acted as a neutral party on the island. Photo: Defence/Corporal Kevin Piggott

Australia and our Pacific partners have special and close relationships, forged over decades of sustained engagement, our shared history, common values and our cultural affinity for family, religion, sports and more. These personal connections go to the heart of our robust relationships. Australia is committed to our Pacific family, and to working together to realise our shared vision for a stable, secure and prosperous region, and to support the aspirations of Pacific island countries.


Cook Islands

Australia and the Cook Islands enjoy a close bilateral relationship based on shared regional interests, including in promoting economic growth and trade, security and policing. Australia and the Cook Islands work closely together to realise our mutual vision for a prosperous, stable and sovereign Pacific region.

More about Australia’s partnership with Cook Islands

Marise Payne on a boat

Federated States of Micronesia

Australia works with the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) to promote prosperity, reduce poverty, enhance stability, and support the development priorities of FSM and the broader North Pacific.

More about Australia’s partnership with the Federated States of Micronesia

Aerial photo of islands

Fiji

Australia has a warm relationship with Fiji, underpinned by strong people-to-people links, longstanding economic and development ties, and our shared community, historical, sporting, religious and family ties. The Vuvale Partnership affirms Australia and Fiji’s shared ambition to use our family connection as the basis for a new, higher level of cooperation.

More about Australia’s partnership with Fiji

Group of women

French Polynesia

Australia and French Polynesia enjoy longstanding, friendly relations that will be further enhanced with the future opening of a new Australian diplomatic post in Papeete. Befitting its location at the heart of the Pacific Ocean and its extensive maritime domain, Australia works closely with French Polynesia to improve maritime security, enhance resilience to climate change and improve people-to-people links through education and tourism.

More about Australia’s partnership with French Polynesia

Siz officials

Kiribati

Australia has a longstanding relationship with Kiribati, built on shared development and security goals. We work in partnership with the Government of Kiribati to implement economic reform and build a better educated and healthier population.

More about Australia’s partnership with Kiribati

Three girls in school uniform

Nauru

Australia and Nauru share a strong history and common security vision, espoused in our 2017 Nauru-Australia Security Partnership. We work together to promote human development, good governance and essential infrastructure in Nauru.

More about Australia’s Partnership with Nauru

Teacher and student in a classroom

New Caledonia

Relations between Australia and New Caledonia are broad and historic – in 2020 we will celebrate our 80th anniversary of diplomatic representation in New Caledonia. As one of our closest geographical neighbours, we have strong people-to-people links, including indigenous cultural connections, and long-running defence and security partnerships.

More about Australia’s partnership with New Caledonia

Marise Payne meeting with officials

Palau

Australia enjoys close and friendly relations with Palau, built on our joint efforts to reform Palau’s ICT sector with global partners, and to enhance women’s empowerment.

More about Australia’s partnership with the Republic of Palau

A beach

Papua New Guinea

Geography and history have given Papua New Guinea a special place in Australia’s foreign relations. We work together at the highest levels to maximise bilateral and regional stability and prosperity, including through progressing our Comprehensive Strategic and Economic Partnership.

More about Australia’s partnership with Papua New Guinea

Doctor speaking to patient

Republic of the Marshall Islands

Australia and the Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI) enjoy a close bilateral relationship based on shared regional interests. We were the second country, after the US, to establish diplomatic relations with RMI (in 1987).

More about Australia’s partnership with the Republic of Marshall Islands

Shed and with buckets outside

Samoa

Australia and Samoa work closely together to realise our shared vision for a prosperous, stable and sovereign Pacific region. Our relationship is built on the strength of our people connections, sustained high-level engagement, commitment to increased economic growth and human development and a shared vision for security.

More about Australia’s partnership with Samoa

Officials beside a ship

Solomon Islands

Australia and Solomon Islands enjoy a close friendship and a shared history that was further strengthened by our partnership in the 14-year Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI), and 2017 Security Treaty – Australia’s first security treaty in the Pacific.

More about Australia’s partnership with Solomon Islands

Fruit at a market

Tonga

Australia has a warm and strong bilateral relationship with the Kingdom of Tonga, underpinned by our longstanding development and security cooperation and people-to-people links. In 2020, Australia and Tonga celebrated 50 years of diplomatic relations, which has been fostered through engagement at all levels of government.

More about Australia’s partnership with the Kingdom of Tonga

Children with their hands up

Tuvalu

We were pleased to further build and strengthen our relationship with Tuvalu with the opening of a new diplomatic mission in 2019. We continue to work together in pursuit of shared development and security goals, including improved education outcomes, and resilience to environmental and climate change impacts.

More about Australia’s partnership with Tuvalu

Minister Payne revealing a plague

Vanuatu

Australia and Vanuatu enjoy close and broad connections at all levels, across government, business and the community. We share a vision for security and prosperity, working together towards this vision through a focus on economic governance, infrastructure, education, health and law and justice.

More about Australia’s partnership with Vanuatu

Minister Hawke shaking hands with uniformed workers

Wallis and Futuna

Australia is present in the most remote and least developed of the French Pacific territories, Wallis and Futuna. Through our Direct Aid Program we fund a range of small-scale projects that have a direct impact on communities.

More about Australia’s partnership with Wallis and Futuna

People sitting under a shelter

Pacific Regional

Strong regional organisations contribute to a stable, secure and prosperous Pacific region – outcomes that are in Australia’s national interest. Australia’s diplomatic engagement through regional organisations enhances our relationships in the Pacific.

More about Australia’s support for Pacific Regional Institutions

Officials at a meeting
Last Updated: 16 October 2019