Strengthening our Pacific Partnerships infographic

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Australia’s Pacific engagement is deep and enduring

  • Australia Award scholarships 2018: 1474 (60% women)
  • Australian volunteers since 2011: 1765 (408 in 2017-18)
    • 600,000 Australians visited and holidayed in 2017
  • Australian students: 2430
    • Studying in the region under the New Colombo Plan since 2014
  • $2 billion Australian Infrastructure Financing facility for the Pacific
    • 11 aid partnership agreements
  • $300m for climate and disaster resilience (over 4 years from 2016)
  • 19 new patrol boats and an aerial surveillance program
  • 11 bilateral police and defence partnerships
  • High speed internet for PNG and Solomon Islands/$1.3 billion in aid to the Pacific 2018-19
  • Heading to 30,000 Pacific workers through the Seasonal Worker Programme
    • Pacific workers supporting Australian farmers since 2012
    • $144 million in income for the region (2012-2017)
  • To expand labour mobility opportunities up to 2000 more workers arriving under the new pacific labour scheme
  • Australian-Pacific Islands joint investment priorities
    • General development support: 4.8%
    • Building resilience: 8.7%
    • Health: 12.9%
    • Education: 15.7%
    • Agriculture, fisheries and water: 6.5%
    • Effective governance: 29.7%
    • Infrastructure and trade: 21.7%
Last Updated: 23 November 2018