Shared security in the Pacific

A strong, stable region keeps us more secure and enables our economies to grow and our peoples to prosper.

Australia is committed to supporting Pacific Island Countries’ resilience to the security challenges articulated in the Boe Declataion.

Australia’s longstanding and ongoing security cooperation with Pacific countries covers defence, law enforcement, transnational crime, climate and disaster resilience, border management and human security.

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Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, and the President of French Polynesia, Édouard Fritch, leave commemorative handprints to mark the signing of the Boe Declaration for Regional Security Cooperation on 5 September in Nauru. Photo: @MarisePayne Twitter

“…a stable and resilient security environment provides a platform to achieve the reigon’s sustainable development aspirations”

Ewen McDonald, Head of the Office of the Pacific

Boe Declaration of Regional Security

On 5 September 2018 in Nauru, the Pacific islands Forum, including Australia, adopted the Boe Declaration on Regional Security. The new declaration recognises an expanded concept of security, including human, cyber and environmental security, and guides regional responses to emerging security issues.

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Pacific Fusion Centre

The Pacific Fusion Centre will work with Pacific countries and regional organisations to aggregate and analyse information relevant to shared security challenges. It will ensure Pacific decision makers have the information they need to respond to security threats, including illegal fishing, people smuggling and drug trafficking.

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Australia Pacific Security College

The Australia Pacific Security College is an Australian aid funded initiative delivered by the Australian National University. The College will make a valuable contribution to regional security cooperation by bringing together officials from across countries and agencies for training and professional development opportunities.

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Pacific Maritime Security Program

The Pacific Maritime Security Program builds on our longstanding commitment to maritime security in the pacific, and will gift 19 purpose built Guardian-class Patrol Boats to 12 Pacific Island countries, supported by a regional surveillance capability. The PMSP will bolster the maritime security of Pacific island countries, helping to protect their maritime environment, resources and security.

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Pacific Transnational Crime Network

The PTCN is an AFP-supported, Pacific-led initiative that provides proactive criminal intelligence and investigative capability to combat transnational and serious organised crime in the Pacific. The PTCN consists of the Pacific Transnational Crime Coordination Centre (PTCCC) in Samoa and 28 locally staffed Transnational Crime Units (TCUs) established in 20 Pacific island countries. The PTCCC performs the role of managing, enhancing and disseminating law enforcement intelligence product to TCUs and law enforcement partners.

The AFP supports the PTCN through the deployment of an Advisor to the PTCCC in Samoa, regional TCU Advisors located in Fiji and Vanuatu, Senior Officers located in Fiji and Papua New Guinea, and also the PTCN Secretariat located in Canberra.

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Pacific Police Development Program

The PPDP is led by the Australian Federal Police (AFP), supporting policing across the Pacific region. The PPDP activities support the rule of law and effective policing in Pacific countries. Pacific Police Development Program Regional (PPDPR) promotes the safety and security of Pacific Island communities through effective operational policing under the motto ‘by the Pacific, for the Pacific’. The program includes both regional level and bilateral activities.

More about the Australian Federal Police's work in the Pacific

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Pacific Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation (PCLEC)

In 2018, the Pacific Island Chiefs of Police (PICP) approved the AFP to explore a new approach to police development that more actively engages Pacific police organisations in the development of their own capability, a lesson learnt from the participation of Pacific police in the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI).

PCLEC’s delivery model proposes a management structure that places it under the direction of the PICP Secretariat to deliver on the strategic priorities of PICP. It will use established regional hubs to provide capability development in law enforcement priority areas, as identified by PICP members. The delivery hubs will be supported to design and support training and professional development opportunities to Pacific policing partners.

Pacific Faculty of Policing (PFP)

The PFP is a joint initiative of the Australian Institute of Police Management (AIPM) and the AFP, established to provide leadership and development opportunities to senior police executives from the Pacific region.

Since commencing operations in January 2019, the PFP has been delivering programs within Australia and throughout the Pacific, and has included five programs to date, with participants from 12 Pacific Island nations, including Fiji, Nauru, Tuvalu, Guam, Niue, Kiribati and Samoa, PNG, Cook Islands, Solomon Islands, Palau and Vanuatu.

Transnational Serious and Organised Crime Pacific Taskforce

In February 2019, the AFP, New Zealand Police, Fiji Police Force and Tonga Police launched a new Transnational Serious and Organised Crime Pacific Taskforce to ensure a stronger regional response to fight organised crime impacting on the Pacific. Methamphetamine and cocaine continue to be an increasing threat throughout the Pacific.

The goal of the Pacific Taskforce is:

  • Enhance information sharing between participants through the established PTCN, (including the PTCCC and respective TCUs).
  • Investigate and disrupt transnational serious and organised crime operating from, through or impacting the participant countries.
  • Target organised crime entities or syndicates utilising small craft to move illicit drugs and facilitate other organised criminal activity.
  • Demonstrate the commitment of participants toward effective multi-national cooperation and effectiveness combating transnational organised crime.
  • Strengthen cooperation to conduct expanded investigations.
Last Updated: 11 December 2019