Media partnerships in the Pacific

Australia’s Pacific Media Assistance Scheme ($8.9 million; 2017-20)

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The Pacific Media Assistance Scheme (PACMAS) is a regional media development program that aims to facilitate discourse across government, business and civil society, via Pacific media. Photo: ABC

Program overview

Australia has a long history of supporting enhanced skills and training for Pacific media through the Pacific Media Assistance Scheme (PACMAS).

PACMAS is managed by ABC International Development and supports the development of a diverse, independent and professional Pacific media sector.

It promotes informed and meaningful public discourse and good governance, focussing on training, creating high quality original content, and providing improved broadcasting infrastructure.

The program has also helped expand professional networks of cooperation between Australian and Pacific journalists, and helped to extend radio coverage across the region (the platform with the largest reach in the Pacific) by installing more transmitters.

More about Australia’s Pacific Media Assistance Scheme

Last Updated: 15 October 2019