Strengthening Australia’s relationships in the Pacific

March 2022

© Commonwealth of Australia 2022
ISBN: 978-1-76092-204-7

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Chair's Foreword

Members of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade

Members of the Foreign Affairs and Aid Sub-Committee


Terms of Reference


List of Recommendations

1. Introduction

  Similar, but not all the same
  Stepping-up engagement in the Pacific island region
  COVID-19 impacts
  Overview of the inquiry
  Concurrent inquiries with a Pacific focus
  Conduct of the inquiry
  Accommodating inquiry work in the global pandemic
  Outline of the report

2. Key themes and framework

  Diversity and range of development partnerships
  COVID-19 repercussions
  Adapting and supplementing Pacific support
  Partnerships for recovery
  Committee comment
  Framework for strengthening relationships

3. Prosperity, sustainability and economic development

  Trade—PACER Plus
  Education pathways
  Infrastructure, investment and resources

4. Shared security and stability

  Climate and disaster resilience
  Access to natural resources and food security
  Governance and capacity building
  Pacific health and health services capacity
  Regional ‘deep integration’ and compact proposals

5. People to people links

  Connectedness and inclusion
  Locally led and inclusive partnerships
  Australian knowledge of the Pacific islands region
  Acknowledging shared history
  Role of Pacific churches
  Sports linkages
  Diaspora linkages
  Media outreach

6. Measurement and evaluation

  Challenges to quantifying success of Step-up
  Australia’s development program performance assessment

A. List of Submissions

B. List of Exhibits

C. Details of Public Hearings

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade
PO Box 6021
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 2313