Strong regional organisations contribute to a stable, secure, resilient and prosperous Pacific region — outcomes that are in Australia’s national interest. Australia’s diplomatic engagement through regional organisations also enhances our relationships in the Pacific.
Australia supports a number of discrete regional initiatives for effective governance. These initiatives support Pacific Island countries to strengthen public sector capacities, transparency and accountability, and adopt and adhere to regional norms and standards. Our funding contributes to:
- building institutional and human capability in public finance, revenue and economic areas
- generating better evidence-based decision-making by Pacific Island governments and their people
- strengthening climate change and disaster resilience
- building human rights capacity through state institutions and civil society organisations
- supporting legislation and programs that increase the transparency and accountability of government services
- promoting justice and access to the law
- strengthening information sharing and coordination on regional security issues
- supporting the development of a diverse, independent, professional media that promotes informed and meaningful public debate
- improving the capabilities of Pacific public administrations.
Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS)
$18.72 million in core contributions, 2018-2020
The Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Secretariat is the pre-eminent regional organisation supporting implementation of PIF Leaders’ decisions. Australia is a member of the Forum and provides core and extra-budgetary funding to the Secretariat. Our assistance supports the Secretariat to work on regional issues relating to political governance, economic cooperation, security, and trade.
Australia signed a Partnership Agreement with the PIF Secretariat in April 2014. The Partnership commits both parties to work together to address the major regional development priorities in line with PIFS’ mandate and on our mutual interest in strengthening regional cooperation and integration.
Australia is also a strong supporter of the Framework for Pacific Regionalism, which aims to support focused political conversations and settlements that address key strategic issues facing the region.
Pacific Community (SPC)
$77.7 million in core contributions, 2018-2020
SPC's mandate is to assist Pacific Island countries and territories by supporting and supplementing national capacity through the delivery of technical, scientific, research, policy and training services. As the region’s premier technical service provider, SPC provides support that includes: fisheries management, health surveillance, and better statistics to contribute to nationally-led development outcomes in the Pacific.
Australia is a founding member and major donor to the SPC.
In 2014, SPC and Australia entered into a Partnership for Pacific Regionalism and Enhanced Development 2014–2023. The Partnership establishes a shared vision to work in close cooperation to achieve improved development outcomes and sustainable improvements in the quality of life of all Pacific islanders. A revision to the Partnership Agreement was signed in May 2017, setting out the objectives and performance measures for 2014-2023. Over 2018-20, in addition to discrete project funding, DFAT is providing around $77.7m through our membership and voluntary core funding.