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 Pacific Transnational Crime Network (PTCN), established by AFP in 2002, provides a transnational criminal intelligence network for Pacific law enforcement agencies. The PTCN consists of locally staffed Transnational Crime Units across the Pacific region, with the Pacific Transnational Crime Coordination Centre (PTCCC) in Samoa performing a central coordinating role. The PTCN recognises the importance of collaboration and cooperation to effectively fighting crime.

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Pacific Police Development Program

The Pacific Police Development Program (PPDP), led by the Australian Federal Police, supports policing across the Pacific region. PPDP activities support the rule of law and effective policing, and through this, the safety, security and well-being of Pacific island communities.

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Last Updated: 15 October 2019