New initiatives in Australia’s education partnerships in the Pacific

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Group photo at the Welcome Event for the 2019 Australia-Pacific BRIDGE School Partnership Professional Learning Program featuring Australian and Pacific teachers, Hamish Curry, Executive Director Asia Education Foundation and Madeline Chmura, DFAT Queensland State Office Acting Director. Photo: Asia Education Foundation

The expansion of Australia’s education linkages with the Pacific builds on Australia’s long-standing interests in regional education and human development to support economic growth and reduce poverty. These new initiatives complement other education programs under the aid program and other flagship Australian programs such as Australia Awards and the New Colombo Plan.


Pacific Secondary School Scholarships Program

As part of further expanding Australia’s education links with the Pacific, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on 18 November 2018 a new package of scholarships to support more Pacific students study at secondary schools in Australia.

Set to launch shortly, the Pacific Secondary School Scholarships Program is a prestigious Australian Government financial award.  The Program will help prepare selected high performing students for economic and social leadership through an international education experience in Australia, from July 2020.  

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By participating in this Program, scholarship students will form enduring connections with Australia and its people, as well as with their fellow alumni within the Pacific region.

The program builds on Australia’s standing as a world-leading provider of high quality education and complements the priority focus on education in Australia’s aid program.  Under the Program, scholarship students will complete a six month bridging program, and Years 11 and 12 at selected secondary schools in New South Wales and Queensland from July 2020.


Australia–Pacific BRIDGE School Partnerships Program

Over recent years the Government has expanded the successful BRDIGE school partnership program into the Pacific. Under the Pacific Step-up, Australia will further deepen educational links through extension of the Australia-Pacific BRIDGE School Partnerships program to develop relationships between Australian and Pacific teachers to support collaboration, intercultural learning and facilitate exchanges between teachers on best practices in education.

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Fijian teacher Anshu Aswini Founder Chand from Gospel High School met her partner school’s Principal and Head of Development at the Welcome Event for the 2019 Australia-Pacific BRIDGE School Partnership Professional Learning Program. Photo: Asia Education Foundation
Last Updated: 1 February 2020