Australia's relationship with Tonga is strong, reflecting our longstanding development, security and people-to-people links, and becoming strong under our Pacific Step-up.
Australia has a significant Tongan community, with over 32,000 people living in Australia identifying as having Tongan ancestry.
Fifty years of partnership
In 2020, Australia and Tonga will celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations, illustrating the strength and endurance of our relationship.
Australia and Tonga have a broad relationship that includes security cooperation, people-to-people links and economic and human development.
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Supporting Tonga's sustainable growth
Australia will provide an estimated $26.6 million in ODA to Tonga in 2019-20. We work closely with the Government of Tonga to support economic growth, improved health outcomes and skills development. We also support Tonga's resilience to climate and disaster impacts.
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A safe and stable Tonga
Australia is committed to supporting Tonga's security, including through the Defence Cooperation Program, the Pacific Maritime Support Program, and the Tonga Police Development Program.
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Linking Australian employers and Tongan workers
Labour mobility is a key driver of growth and opportunity for Pacific communities and economies. We are expanding connections with Tongans through labour mobility – 16,717 Tongan workers have participated in the Seasonal Workers Programme since 2012, and 100 Tongans have been matched with jobs under the Pacific Labour Scheme.
Deepening people-to-people links
Australia continues to deepen social, educational and cultural links with Tonga through a range of new initiatives including Australia Awards Scholarships, the Australian Volunteer Program, and the PacificAus Sports Program.
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